Ballachuan Hazelwood

Ballachuan Hazelwood cloaks a low ridge overlooking Cuan Sound and supports a large number of lichen, bryophytes and fungi. The wetland area provides a rich habitat for butterflies, and deer and pine marten roam the woodland.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Atlantic hazel woodland
  • Abundance of lichens
  • Colourful butterflies
  • Chance to spot otters

Best time to visit?

  • Sep – Apr for lichens
  • May – Jul for butterflies
  • Sep – Nov for fungi

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • wildflowers
  • coasts
  • scenery
  • mammals
  • wetland
  • butterflies

Other information

Otters have been spotted in the kelp and porpoises seen surfing the Atlantic waves.

A path with stiles leads through the reserve to a viewpoint.


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How to get there


The reserve lies at the south eastern tip of Seil Island. From Oban, take the A816 south. Turn onto the B844 towards Seil Island after about 8 miles. Once on the island, take the B8003 at Balvicar. Parking is available in the car park and layby of Kilbrandon Church, 0.3 miles north west of the reserve from the B8003. There is space for a maximum of three cars, but not during church services.

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Getting onto the reserve

The reserve can be accessed by foot down the private road to Kilbrandon House (Port Mor), which starts opposite Kilbrandon Church. Signage then directs visitors onto the reserve.

Access restrictions

Please keep dogs on a lead at all times as cattle are present on the reserve at various times throughout the year.

Nearest town
Oban (15 mi / 24.1 km)
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Landranger map


About Ballachuan Hazelwood

Out & about

Nearby reserves
Shian WoodRahoy Hills

Local group
Argyll and Lochaber

Links & downloads

Reserve map


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