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Glasdrum Wood National Nature Reserve

Wild woodland

Glasdrum Wood, on the edge of Loch Creran, is a remnant of ancient Western Atlantic oakwoods. The reserve is rich in woodland flowers and has exceptional bryophytes and lichens.

These wild woodlands are mostly oak and ash, their trunks softened by a thick coat of mosses and lichens. Where sunlight penetrates between the trees, smaller flowering plants – such as bluebells, violets, bugle and marsh thistle – flourish in the lime-rich soils. These woodland glades also act as suntraps for over 20 species of butterfly, such as the rare pearl-bordered fritillary and chequered skipper.

Whether you choose to wander the trail or just sit at a viewpoint, take some time to enjoy this green haven of natural calm.

Find out more about visiting Glasdrum Wood NNR.

Top attractions

  • Visit in spring when the woodland is carpeted with wildflowers.
  • Follow our short trail to explore this precious habitat and enjoy the views over Loch Creran.
  • Watch butterflies – including the rare chequered skipper – at one of the best places in Scotland.

Find out more about the reserve and its natural history.

What’s on?

Visit our Events page to see what upcoming events you can get involved in at this reserve.

Contact

Reserve manager: Heather Watkin

Scottish Natural Heritage
Kilmory Industrial Estate
Lochgilphead
Argyll
PA31 8RR

Telephone: 01586 603611
Email: nnr@nature.scot

Find out more

Discover more about why Scotland’s National Nature Reserves were created and the partners who manage them.

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Glasdrum Wood NNR is a member of VisitScotland and the GTBS (Green Tourism Business Scheme).

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