Welcome to the Cowal Way

The Cowal Way in Argyll is known as “Scotland in 57 miles”. Only one to two hours from Glasgow and Prestwick International Airports, this accessible part of the Scottish Highlands offers beautiful coastlines, dramatic scenery, engaging heritage and abundant wildlife.

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..

Cowal Way in Autumn

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New Baggage Transfer Services

We are pleased to announce a new service for Cowal Way users. Starting in April 2016 Balliemeanoch Baggage will provide a dedicated luggage transfer service for people walking, running or cycling the Cowal Way. This new business start up is being managed by Charlie Welsh, who has also provided B&B services to Cowal Way users (Balliemeanoch Breaks) at his farm house along with his partner Angie Brown, for many years. The service will run from the beginning of April to early October. For more details check out... read more

New Waymarkers and Signs

The Cowal Way is now fully waymarked (March 2016). We have erected over 150 waymarkers. These were manufactured by Foresty Commission Scotland using home grown timber. There are also six section signs installed on the Cowal Way. These were also manufactured by Forestry Commission Scotland and made from home grown... read more

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A Cyclist's Experience of the Cowal Way

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