Dun Na Cuaiche Woodland Walk

Dun Na Cuaiche Woodland Walk, Inveraray: Address, Dun Na Cuaiche Woodland Walk Reviews: 5/5

Dun Na Cuaiche Woodland Walk

Dun Na Cuaiche Woodland Walk
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Rantin rover
Biggar, UK8,423 contributions
Long haul worth the view
Sep 2021
We were fortunate on arrival at the Castle that one of the staff provided free access to the car park when we mentioned we were only intending walking up Dun na Cuaiche - it was quiet at the time so there was plenty of space.

We crossed Frew’s Bridge on foot and headed into the woods for a steady climb initially, followed by a walk over open ground and over a stile and then onto a wider forest track. There seemed to be quite a bit of activity going on, presumably the harvesting of trees, as there were lots of caution signs around but we didn’t see or hear anything to evidence this was the case.

Past a few ruined buildings (lime kilns) the track took a steeper incline and carried on doing so eventually providing some views beyond the woodlands to the surrounding countryside.

As we followed the track up this steep hill a couple of things crossed my mind - does it level out at some point and how did they manage to get the materials up here to build the watchtower on Dun na Cuaiche?

The answer to my questions were no, it doesn’t level out until you get back to the Castle car park; and they brought the granite rubble from Carloonan Quarry (to the north west of the site) and built the track that we had just walked up before they were able to get the materials up Dun na Cuaiche to the lookout point. Bearing in mind this was back in 1747-1748 those involved would probably just have needed to get on with it with horse and cart and be thankful that the Duke had thought it a good idea!

To give him his due, the view at the top is worth seeing even if there is nothing of the Dun na Cuaiche or “fort of the hollow of the hill” remaining to be seen and possibly why they erected a tower instead.

There were good views of Loch Fyne, Inveraray Castle and the town below. Just to add to the effort, one of the steps up to the watchtower is missing and it needs an extra large stretch to get inside the building for the iconic view out the open window and to pose for a selfie.

It took us 50 minutes to go up the hill, we spent 10 minutes at the top and got back down in around 35 minutes.

As we were nearing completion we came upon a couple heading up the way in less than suitable footwear and were not surprised to see them shortly afterwards at the car park having abandoned their summit attempt in favour of some other sightseeing. In the muddy conditions and general terrain I’d recommend either hiking boots or non-white trainers. Take some water and a towel to wipe your brow as a bit of effort is required.
Written October 29, 2021
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diggorydelvert
58 contributions
Fantastic Views
Oct 2021
A well signed walk up to the Tower, taking about 45 mins up at a good pace.
Views from the Tower are amazing. We took a picnic to eat at the top, but shame the peace and quiet was destroyed by someone flying their drone.
Written October 5, 2021
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Martin S
Gloucester, United Kingdom20 contributions
Amazing views, worth the climb
Sep 2021
There are amazing views of Loch Fyne from the top, well worth the steep climb up from Inveraray Castle.
Written September 23, 2021
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Emma A
Newark-on-Trent, UK25 contributions
Great views
Mar 2021 • Couples
Even though the castle is closed, the walk is still open and accessible, and clearly sign posted. Enter the castle grounds via the main entrance and follow the drive until you cross the bridge. From there follow the blue arrows. It is quite a steep walk but on a good quality path, the views from the top are classic postcard material!
Written May 1, 2021
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Alistair J
Scotland, UK43 contributions
A Must Do when you visit Inveraray, and Free!
Nov 2020
The Castle closes in winter, but access to this walk remains open. A steady gradient, only really steep in a couple of short sections. Well marked , a mostly gravel track which, unless the weather is really wet, does not require special footwear. The few soft/wet small sections can be bypassed with care. The views are stunning, well worth the effort.
Written November 16, 2020
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Malgorzata
10,542 contributions
Lovely walk to watchtower
Nov 2019
Great walk with stunning views over Loch Fyne and Inveraray. Its a hike up a steep mountain side but there are some decent paths. Take your cameras, because the viewsare well worth the effort put into the climb. This is climbing forest paths and stone paths, so wear appropriate footwear. Dun no Cuaiche Tower is really charming, built by the Dukes of Argyll above their historic seat at Inveraray castle. Several benches at the top to sit down, admire the views and get your breath back. Worth the walk up for this great views . The view is priceless. Enjoy it .
Written October 23, 2020
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GraemeySunderland
Sunderland118 contributions
Good Fun!
Sep 2020
Bit of a hike up this one, but well worth it for stunning views, take water and snacks, great loch views, overlooks castle, bridge and village.
Written October 5, 2020
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jackie h
Gloucester, UK38 contributions
Top notch
Sep 2020 • Friends
There is a lot of construction work going on at the lower end of this path with heavy lorries trundling about. Don't let this put you off. The walk is steepish but easy. And the views at the top are stupendous. Stand in the folly for a view over the castle. Takes a couple of hours at a gentle pace and with 30 mins to gaze from the top. Too good to miss.
Written October 3, 2020
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steve w
tweedbank76 contributions
Dun Na Cuaiche walk
Sep 2020
Took my pals up here for a MUST look stunning view, the weather was on our side the loch was like glass and not a cloud in the sky and a great mfrom the sun.
It is a fair hike BUT well worth it when you get to the top !
Written September 20, 2020
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Scotland
Scotland523 contributions
Amazing views - so worth the effort
Sep 2020 • Couples
Firstly, I am mid 60’s, over-weight, unfit and have COPD so the time I took to do this walk was a LOT longer than the majority of other reviewers! However, I am quite a determined person and so wanted to do this walk to see the views as it was such a lovely clear day when we were staying a couple of nights in Inveraray.
We parked at the Castle (£4.50 parking but if you go to the Castle cafe you get the £4.50 deducted from the bill).
Signposting was easy to follow, I found it a bit challenging due to the aforementioned. Saying that, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole walk and like all other reviews the views at the top was STUNNING. It was so so so worth the effort. The walk through the forest was stunning and some amazing views once out of the wooded area before even reaching the top.
There were quite a few folk going up, many with dogs, families with young kids also.
During the walk, there were quite a few bits very muddy (there had been quite a bit of rain days prior to us going). I am so glad I didn’t have trainers on, although it is a walk that could easily be done in trainers if there hasn’t been any rain.
Reading the reviews I read many folk took 30 - 45 minutes to go up, I took almost 2 HOURS 🤷‍♀️ although I did stop quite a lot to take photos and enjoy the scenery (any excuse to rest), however only took 50 to come down. I was really really pleased to have made to the top.
Can only say to folk who may be in same or similar shape , health wise etc as myself, if I can do it anyone can........ just remember your inhalers!! Did take a portable nebuliser just in case but I didn’t need it 👍😃👍.
Highly recommend this for the views at top.
Written September 16, 2020
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