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Cowal Way

Cowal Way ~ 57 miles (90 km) ~ 5 days' walking

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The Cowal Way is one of Scotland’s most scenic routes.  Running the length of the Cowal Peninsula over 90 km from Portavadie in the southwest to Inveruglas on the main A82  the Way winds through the communities of Tighnabruaich, Glendaruel, Strachur, Lochgoilhead and Arrochar on existing footpaths, forestry tracks, hillsides, quiet roads and traditional rights of way.

Passing through the wonderful Argyll landscape, the route offers forests and glens, waterfalls and sea-lochs with abundant wildlife, including grey seals, porpoises, otters, and many seabirds including oystercatchers, eider ducks, herons, cormorants, gannets, fulmars and gulls.

The woodland and field areas of the route are home to foxes, badgers, barn owls, roe deer and our famous native red squirrel. The open hillsides and moorlands of the northern sections of the walk offer ideal habitat for the iconic golden eagle although Cowal has only four pairs of these magnificent birds.

There is also an abundance of natural, scenic, historical and cultural heritage available to see on the Cowal Way:

Asgog Castle – now a ruin, this castle was originally built in the 15th century.

Millhouse Powder Mill – gunpowder was manufactured here between 1839 to 1921.

Kilmodan Church – built in 1783, the graveyard has a fine selection of 14th/15th century carved stones.

Dunans Castle – the impressive ruins of Dunans Castle are located at the head of Glendaruel.

Strachur Smiddy – now a converted museum/craft shop, the first recorded reference was in 1791.

Struth Ban Falls – between Strachur and Lochgoilhead the falls are truly a wonder of nature.

Drimsynie House – former home of James Neilson, Glasgow engineer who patented the blast furnace.

The Cobbler Mountain – standing at 2,890 feet / 881m, this natural feature provides spectacular views over the Argyll countryside.

Cowal is part of “Argyll and the Islands” region, which is in the south-west of the Scottish Highlands. Argyll and the Islands actually offer more coastline than the country of France!  Argyll has a population density of only 13 inhabitants per square kilometre, with a population of only around 20,000 people, with the majority living in the coastal town of Dunoon.

The Cowal Way Official App is free and available to download and use offline on both on iPhone and Android formats.

There are excellent public transport links to both Glasgow and Edinburgh, which are only 2 hours from Glasgow or 3 hours away. From Inveruglas a ferry across the loch enables a link with the West Highland Way, and when added to the similar ferry link at Portavadie for Tarbert and the Kintyre Way, creates epic walk across Scotland.

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Cowal Way ~ 57 miles (90 km) ~ 5 days' walking

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Fixed Price - £445 per person

Single supplement - £205


  • 6 nights' accommodation for 2 people sharing in quality B&Bs, guest houses, inns and hotels
  • Breakfast
  • Door to door baggage transfer to each stage - maximum 18 kg per bag
  • Rucksack Readers Guide Book
  • Location details for each accommodation
  • Travel information to the start and from the finish of the walk
  • Suggested equipment list
  • Emergency support

Not Included

  • Evening meals, packed lunches and drinks
  • Travel insurance

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The final day's walking can be broken up by an overnight stay at Arrochar ( 9miles / 14.5km ) allowing the opportunity of an easier day’s walking or alternatively climb the famous Cobbler before continuing on to Inveruglas. The Cowal Way can be walked in either direction with the Portavadie end offering the option of an overnight start or end in Tarbert on the Kintyre Peninsula allowing the thrill of crossing magnificent Loch Fyne by ferry. If you would like to stay an extra night at any point on the route, please let us know in the Comments section of the Enquiry Form.

Stages and Distances (Optional extra stages shown in brackets)
6 miles / 10 km
11 miles / 18 km
16 miles / 26 km
9 miles / 14 km
9 miles / 14 km
6 miles / 10 km


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