Shian Wood

An ancient semi-natural woodland typical of the Scottish Atlantic coast, Shian Wood stands on a low, flattened ridge jutting out of Loch Creran. In spring, the floor is cloaked with wildflowers, enticing many butterflies. 

Woodland birds dart through the trees and breeding birds nest where wet heath merges into reedbeds and saltmarsh near the shore.

A waymarked path weaves through the reserve.

Common lizard © T Norman Tait

Why visit?

  • Carpets of spring flowers
  • Saltmarsh on loch edges
  • Enjoyable short circular walk

Best time to visit?

  • May to Jun for spring flowers
  • May to Jul for breeding birds

Visit for:

  • Archaeology
  • Mammals
  • Scenery
  • Coasts
  • Wildflowers
  • Woodlands
  • Birdwatching


Shian Wood lies on the south shore of Loch Creran, on a minor road off the A828(T) north of Benderloch. On the north side of Benderloch, leave the A828 and take the minor road sign posted to South Shian. After about 1.5 miles, turn left at the crossroads for the Island of Eriska. The parking area for the reserve is on the right, about 0.75 miles from the crossroads, just before you reach Balure Farm.

Getting onto the reserve

The reserve is directly adjacent to the parking area. Go through the gate and follow the track uphill. Waymarkers indicate the footpaths.

Getting round this reserve

Cattle graze parts of this reserve at certain times of year. Please keep dogs on a lead.


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