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Beinn Mhor (Cowal)

Grading: strenuous.

The highest peak in Cowal (741 metres) offers wonderful views of Loch Eck, the Clyde Estuary and north and west to the Highlands and islands.

At a glance

  • Grading: strenuous
  • Distance: 7 ½  miles (12 km)
  • Path type: Uneven hill path with some boggy ground. A climb of 700m. Boots essential
  • Allow: 4-5 hours

Beinn Mhor summit views © Richard Montgomery

Route description

This walk passes through farmland, forests and moorland. The initial walk section is an ideal walk for all the family. Why not stop off at the beautiful and spectacular Massan Falls at the start of this walk.

Park at the small car park at the top of the Glen Massan road just beyond Stonefield Farm. Follow the unsurfaced road through the Glen Massan estate for about 3 kilometres. 200 metres beyond a stone cottage the track crosses the River Massan and beyond the bridge a path is signposted for walkers up to the right. This is where the real climb begins.

The path climbs quite steeply as it passes through mature conifer forest and finally leads you to the open moorland above. Continue to climb through open (boggy) grassland to the ridge in front of you. From the ridge are wonderful views of the Clyde estuary to Ben Cruachan and the islands. The ridge continues to the summit. The most straightforward return route is to retrace your steps.

The upland area is used for hill grazing. Please keep your dog under control at all times.

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