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..
Why did you establish the Cowal Way?
After leaving the Army, I was living in Glendaruel and running a management development company specialising in residential outdoor training.
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.read more