Following recent restoration, the Blarbuie woodland forms part of the sanctuary of Lochgilphead's Argyll and Bute Hospital grounds. Featuring all-abilities access, outdoor exercise facilities, sculptures and other artworks, the woodland is open to all and is planted with a mix of native and exotic trees.
Users of the mental health services and volunteers from all walks of life, carry out the woodland restoration and ongoing maintenance, offering folk a chance to learn new skills and providing meaningful, supported employment. You can see the results in the many sculptures and artworks, some permanent, some seasonal, some just for fun. Keep your eyes peeled!
“The tranquility of the woodland makes it a good place to work and is helping to restore my peace of mind.” - Woodland volunteer
“Above and beyond everything else we do this is our core aim. We are achieving it as a result of everyone's hard work.” - Volunteer supervisor
There's always a lot going on at Blarbuie, with path-work, tree planting, maintenance, public events and guided walks. Wildlife is abundant in the woodland with seasonal native flowers carpeting the Low wood and mature Scots Pines circling the High wood.
The woodland is home to a red squirrel family and many other fauna that can be spotted throughout the year.
Guided walks are held on a regular basis, providing a chance to meet up with friends and enjoy the woods (delete throughout the year). Find out dates on the website calendar or look out for the advertised programme on the woodland noticeboard.
The woodland area serves both of the Lochgilphead Hospitals and the wider public as a place to relax, regenerate, learn and improve fitness.
Whether you use the woodland features to enhance your exercise experience or enjoy some plants from the community growing area, Blarbuie has something for everyone.