A Loch Lomond & Cowal Way Q & A session

The Loch Lomond & 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
Loch Lomond & 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 Loch Lomond & 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 Lochgoilhead in the proximity of Curra
Lochain. Also, as a result of exhibiting at VS EXPO, a key trade show where we had meetings with
many international travel agents and tour operators, we have been busy developing these
relationships to attract more customers to the Loch Lomond & Cowal Way. We are also busy recruiting high profile
Ambassadors for the Loch Lomond & Cowal Way, to help extend our reach and influence.

The Loch Lomond & Cowal Way for Horse Riders

The Loch Lomond & Cowal Way for Horse Riders

horse2A multi-use audit of the Loch Lomond & 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 Loch Lomond & 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.


The Loch Lomond & Cowal Way Chase

The Loch Lomond & Cowal Way Chase

1Coming 21st October 2017

Working in partnership with No Fuss Events this autumn we bring you the inaugural Loch Lomond & Cowal Way Chase, a 72km gravel road ride or ultra run at almost 50km. Enough to challenge the toughest and most seasoned of athletes, and a great distance for anyone just getting into the world of long distance running, with a 2 person relay option for anyone looking for a more relaxed day out.
With over 3000ft of ascent, the route will take you over some varied terrain with hard packed paths, loose gravel and slightly technical forest roads, giving you views (No Fuss sunshine guaranteed) over some of  the best scenery that one of Scotland’s greatest long distance trails has to offer along the Loch Lomond & Cowal Way.

To enter go to the No Fuss website by clicking HERE

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