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The Cowal Way

A quiet and undiscovered long distance walk, known as “Scotland in 57 miles” because you can experience the whole of Scotland on the path.

At a glance

  • Length: 57 miles / 92 km
  • Passes through: Portavadie, passing through communities of Tighnabruaich, Glendaruel, Strachur, Lochgoilhead and Arrochar, ending at Inveruglas at Loch Lomond.
  • Connects with: West Highland Way in the north and Kintyre Way in the south. Also shares part of the path with Three Lochs Way (Ardgarten to Inveruglas)

The Cowal Way is a quiet and undiscovered long distance walk that runs the length of the Cowal Peninsula, beginning in the south of Cowal at Portavadie and winding its way up through the peninsula to end at Inveruglas on the shores of Loch Lomond.

Known as “Scotland in 57 miles”, you can experience the whole of Scotland along the way, with constantly changing scenery, coastlines, lochs, forests, hills and mountains. Take in heritage sites such as ruined castles, historic churches, stunning waterfalls and Viking graves, as well as an abundance of wildlife.

Although the route feels very remote in places, you are never too far from a main road. The walking surface varies and includes paths, beaches, forest roads, hill climbs and minor roads.

You’ll find over 100 businesses and attractions on or near the Cowal Way, including a new luggage transfer service, hotels, spas, B&B’s, guest houses, campsites, cafes, restaurants, village shops, galleries, outdoor activity centres and much more.

How to get there

By car: from Glasgow area, drive to Gourock (M8 west) and connect with the regular Western Ferries boat to Dunoon. Then it is a 40 minute drive to Portavadie. Alternatively, drive to Inveruglas on the scenic Loch Lomond road, and start the walk from there.

By train/bus: from Glasgow Central train station take the regular train service to Gourock, then take the Argyll Ferries boat to Dunoon. Then the 478 bus to Portavadie from the ferry terminal (1 hour). Or take the 914/5/6 Glasgow (Buchanan St Bus Station) to Fort William/Skye bus and get off at Sloy (70 minutes). See website for more details

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