If you’re going to be visiting Scotland this winter, Inveraray is the ideal place to stay. There are many winter attractions within a couple of hour’s drive of Brambles, and if you want to get outside and explore Scotland’s natural beauty, Glenbranter is a gorgeous spot.

Scotland treasures its woodlands and forests, promoting their sustainable management for the benefit of flora, fauna and people. Glenbranter is one of five natural places that make up the Argyll Forest Park, Britain’s oldest.

Nature, Within Easy Reach

Glenbranter is located just over 30 minutes from Brambles, a short drive down the A815 by way of the A819 and A83. There are three walking trails here: the Broadleaves, Waterfall and Glen Eck, with the latter being classed as a strenuous walk, and the remaining trails classed as moderate.

Broadleaves

Planted for the Glenbranter Estate, Broadleaves offers plenty of winter wandering opportunities. You’ll discover the reason for its name when you enjoy the various stands of hazel, birch and native oak, and beech and cypress trees. As you wander, you may catch a glimpse of red squirrels as they chase each other and forage.

The Broadleaves route is 1.5km long and is comprised of a firm, uneven gravel surface. It also features some steep slopes and one flight of steps. The trail can be completed in under one hour.

Waterfall

The Waterfall trail will treat walkers to a series of breath-taking waterfalls. You’ll trek up the Allt Robuic gorge through native oak trees on an uneven gravel path, traversing some steep slopes and possibly muddy sections. Exposed tree roots will also be present on this trail, along with flights of uneven steps and several bridges.

The Waterfall trail also contains liverworts and mosses, and is home to crossbills, woodpeckers, buzzards, roe deer and red squirrels. The trail is 3.6 km in length, so allow 1.5 hours to complete it.

Glen Eck

This strenuous trail traverses through 3.2km of long steep slopes. You’ll be below Creag Bhaogh, and see incredible views as you look across Glen Eck to Beinn Mhor and Beinn Bheula. Bring your binoculars so that you don’t miss buzzards, crossbills and ravens as they run their winter errands. The Glen Eck trail takes about 1.5 hours to complete, and you will definitely feel refreshingly tired when you’re finished.

Regardless of the trail you choose to take, it’s important to always dress for the weather. Ensure you’re wearing proper hiking shoes or boots, and bring an extra layer of warm clothing with you, along with rain gear, gloves, hat and scarf. Having these on hand will ensure that you enjoy your walk in all weather.

Come Back Home to Brambles

Walking the Glenbranter trails is an exhilarating experience that you won’t soon forget! By the time you’ve come home to Brambles, you’ll likely be ready for a big meal of winter comfort food. And we definitely have the best! Our meals are chef-prepared using delicious local ingredients to give you a taste of Scotland that you will carry with you long after your stay is done.

Discover the luxury and comfort that Brambles provides; explore our range of rooms, or call us on +44 (0) 1499 302 252 to book your stay now.