There is nothing like autumn in Scotland. Our gently rolling geography and breath-taking landscapes are unforgettable at any time of year. But when it’s autumn, we really put on a show. The spectacular seasonal colours are everywhere, and if you’re planning to stay with us soon, they are definitely something you don’t want to miss.
Scotland’s vast forests are one of its most precious resources. Just 20 minutes south of Brambles, you can begin your adventure with a Leacainn Muir leisurely forest drive. This drive runs for 20km, and you’ll enjoy the colours of autumn as you travel the forest roads.
What You’ll See and Do
Around halfway through the drive, you’ll come upon Loch Sidheannach. Situated on a quiet hill, this location is home to a myriad of wildlife, including ducks, dragonflies, butterflies, osprey and golden eagles, depending on when you visit.
The route doesn’t necessarily have to be driven; you can park at the car parks at either end and walk or cycle the route as well. However, if you plan to do this, you should know that there will be some climbs to tackle, as the road does rise to around 350 metres at its highest point.
Where to Begin
The Leacainn Muir Forest Drive can be started at the shores of Loch Awe or Loch Fyne, depending where you happen to be when you choose to begin. If you’re beginning in Inveraray, you’ll want to head south to Auchindrain before going across the A83 and finding the Brenchoille sign.
If you’re already seeing the sights near Loch Awe, just follow the A16 north, turning right onto the B840 shortly after you pass Kilmartin. You’ll travel through the small village of Ford before seeing the Loch Awe shore. Then, travel for around 7km until you reach the car park at Ardray, located beside the loch. The start of the forest drive will be on your right hand side.
Where to Stop
You can stop at any point along the trail to explore the forest using the trails you’ll find there. The Ardcastle point of the drive has some lovely trails that lead to the beach and a lovely Loch Fyne view. Waterside trails abound at Glashan Forest, and if you’re looking for a place to picnic, Loch Awe’s opposite shore has many lovely options, including Cruachan’s conifers and Barnalines remnant oaks.
In Auchindrain is a seasonal tea room and public toilets and at the other end, Dalavich and Kilmartin both offer many choices for eating.
The Leacainn Muir Forest Drive is open until 31st October, giving you plenty of time to enjoy this experience if you’re planning on staying with us before then.
Experience Autumn at Brambles
We are located on the banks of the Loch Fyne and are the perfect final stop after your forest drive. Our individually-styled and luxurious rooms have recently undergone extensive refurbishment, and offer modern convenience with the traditional charm of the Scottish. You’ll find all of the comforts and conveniences of a big city hotel in the idyllic setting of Inveraray, and we look forward to welcoming you! We offer booking by phone on +44 (0) 1499 302 252, or you can book online now by clicking here.