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Knockdow House and its surroundings are beautiful at any time of year, but wintertime is particularly stunning with its endless views of snow-capped mountains and icy lakes.

West Scotland may be chilly at this time of year, but this shouldn’t stop people from venturing out to enjoy the beauty of the region, particularly on a cold frosty day.

Knockdow House offers some fabulous opportunities for exploring, with plenty of outdoor adventure amongst the grounds of Knockdow, including wooded forests and parkland. The area is simply stunning, with endless greenery and gorgeous views of the lake and pond.

Christmastime is a particularly popular time of year for a traditional festive walk. Those brave enough to step away from the warmth of the indoors during the cold winter season should definitely head outside for some outdoor exploration. From a pre-Christmas lunchtime stroll to a big hike on Boxing Day, walking in Argyll’s beautiful winter landscape is a wonderful way to enjoy this magical time of year.

Here are the top three winter walks you can enjoy throughout the festive season:

The Crinan Canal

The Crinan Canal towpath is a brilliant experience for individuals, groups and families. The route is nine miles (14km) in length, so can definitely be walked in one day. Alternatively, you can tackle individual sections on different days, depending on your schedule (and speed!) As you explore the length of the canal, you’ll get to enjoy wildlife, forests and prehistoric sites.

Glenan Woodland

Glenan Woodland offers a truly festive walk! From caves and a remote beach right through to a lost village, this is an exciting walk that is also home to one of the regions few remaining native oak woodlands.

When you follow the route of the forest path you’ll find yourself at Glenan Bay. You can either return via the bay or shore, or if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can continue up the forest path towards the old deserted village.

Knapdale Forest

Knapdale Forest is a glorious location offering a mix of simple walking trails, cycling routes, amazing wildlife and peaceful lochs. There are also plenty of beavers to be spotted, though these are easiest to find during daylight hours, which is more difficult during winter as the days get shorter.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to exploring the grounds of Knockdow House and the region of Argyll. There is so much to see and do especially for those who love the great outdoors, no matter the time of year.