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Glencruitten - Short

Start point: Clocktower, Station Square, Oban.
Best for:Peaceful forestry
Terrain: Concrete pavement, road, paths and a couple of steps. Uneven but clear forestry paths and tracks. Ground is slightly loose around the railway bridge. Steep in places.
Toilets: None
Distance: 7.2km
Total ascent: 179m
Allow: 1hr 30mins - 3hrs
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Step 1

From the clock tower cross the road towards the bank then go right along the road towards the roundabout. Cross the road over the island toward the Royal Hotel. Continue along Argyll Square crossing over two roads and keep following the main road as it curves slightly to the right. Soon you will reach a church; take the road to the left of the church. Take the second right turning along Mossfield Drive. At the end of the road turn right, continue straight across the crossroads and onto the football pitch at the end of the road. At the far right of the football pitch take the steps down towards a path. Take the path to the left, going uphill and follow it as it passes underneath the railway bridge. Continue on the main path, ignoring the faint forks. At a Y-shaped junction carry on to the left (ignore the fork to the right heading uphill) and cross a fairly small stream. Continue uphill as the path enters the trees.


Step 2

Ignore another fork to the right, and take the left fork as it again crosses the small stream then passes through an old ruined wall. Continue straight up at a short steep section until you meet the main path. Turn right along this, again heading uphill as it passes through a heavily forested area. The path emerges from the woods; stay on the path as it curves gently uphill to the left. Take the first path on the left, which heads more steeply uphill.


Step 3

At its high point the path offers great views across to Mull on your left, before heading downhill. Turn left and immediately left again to join a much wider track; head along this track.


Step 4

Keep to the main track, ignoring a small branch off to the right, as it curves to the left and then to the right. Again views to Mull open up to your left. The track then heads away from the Mull views; eventually there will be a right turning onto a narrow path.


Step 5

Take this path as it heads uphill through the woods. At the end of this narrow path, turn left to rejoin the main track. Shortly after, turn right and then immediately left along a path which, initially, runs parallel to the main track.


Step 6

Eventually the path curves downhill to the right to re-enter the heavily forested area. You can now retrace your steps to the start point.