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Welcome to the Cowal Way

The Cowal Way in Argyll is known as ‘Scotland in 57 miles’. Less than one hour from Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow city centre, this accessible part of the Scottish Highlands offers beautiful coastlines, dramatic scenery, engaging heritage, abundant wildlife, and very friendly communities and people.

From 2014 to 2019 approximately £1 million is being invested in new path infrastructure, business development services, and promotion. Cowal Way is working towards becoming a world class multi user tourist path, suitable for walkers and cyclists (mountain bikers).

Established in 2000, the Cowal Way is Scotland’s most diverse long distance footpath. It runs the length of the Cowal Peninsula, passing through some of the most beautiful and varied landscape in the Highlands. The Cowal Way begins at Portavadie in the south of Cowal and winds its way up through the peninsula to end at Inveruglas at Loch Lomond, passing through the communities of Tighnabruaich, Glendaruel, Strachur, Lochgoilhead and Arrochar. The route makes use of existing footpaths, forestry tracks, hillsides, quiet roads and traditional rights of way. The views are varied and stunning, including shorelines, forests, hills and lochs. Now one of Scotland’s Great Trails, this quiet and waymarked path also connects with the West Highland Way, Scotland’s most famous long distance route..

Watch this Route Video from March 30th

Cowal Way in Autumn

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Cowal Way Launches New Mobile App

Cowal Way has launched an innovative mobile app for the growing digital audience. The use of smart phones has grown significantly in recent years. The majority of the UK population now own one and use it for a variety of purposes, including accessing social media, texting, for research purposes, and also for purchasing various products and services – and the occasional phone call of course.

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A Cowal Way Q & A session

The Cowal Way. Not many people have heard of Cowal. Where is it? Cowal is part of Argyll and the Isles, which is in the south west Highlands of Scotland. Though the Cowal Way is less than one hour’s drive from Glasgow’s city centre, it is very rural. What kind of walk is it? We call the Cowal Way “Scotland in 57 miles.” It is an excellent mix of coastal trails, forest walks and wild hill walking. As well as the views constantly changing, so does the walking terrain. Any challenges for the Cowal Way team? We have been very fortunate to be able to invest almost £1m over 5 years in path infrastructure improvements, waymarking & signage, counters, developing new services (e.g. baggage handling ), and promotion. We now think we have one of the best multi user paths in Scotland. However, constant exposure in the outdoors to Scottish west coast weather means maintenance is always an ongoing challenge. What are the strong selling points? The investment in path infrastructure mentioned previously is a key selling point. So are the scenery, the wildlife, the heritage, and the friendly communities. Another advantage is that the path is relatively quiet, even though it is so close to Glasgow. The fact that the path passes through five very small communities means that there are always choices for accommodation, places to eat, village shops, and visitor attractions. Finally, the availability of a baggage transfer service is a popular feature, especially with our overseas and older customers. What’s keeping you busy just now? We are currently completing some major works, just north of... read more

The Cowal Way for Horse Riders

A multi-use audit of the Cowal Way was carried out in early 2017, and then updated in August 2017 to reflect further access improvements to the path, including for example, the installation of new swing gates to replace all stiles. The report was kindly funded by Scottish Natural Heritage. Please note that the Cowal Way was not originally designed for horse riders, therefore please pay particular attention to any challenging parts mentioned in the report. The author of the report Vyv Wood-Gee, is a Countryside Management Consultant and a keen horse rider. DOWNLOAD the REPORT as a PDF... read more

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A Cyclist's Experience of the Cowal Way

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