Hill Walking and Climbing

The rugged terrain of the mountains and hills of Cowal, combined with the fabulous views of glen and coastline, provide exceptional walking and there is plenty of choice.

Hill Walking and Climbing

The Arrochar Alps

Often described at the most exhilarating mountain group in the Southern Highlands, the Arrochar Alps form the northern boundary of Cowal. The best known hill within this compact group, Ben Arthur, is commonly known as the Cobbler because if its distinctive shape.

Loch Eck Hills

The hills around Loch Eck offer various challenges for anyone with hill-walking experience especially Beinn Ruadh(664m) , Sligrachan, and Clach Bheinn(643m)


The hills around Lochgoilhead make this an exceptional walking area. There are good forestry roads and paths, as well as some rough walking Ben Bheula (779m) which towers above Loch Goil. Loop walks of the ‘Cowal Way’ and the Cowal Way itself pass close by Ben Bheula, between Invernoden & Lochgoilhead. The pinnacles on Carnoch Mor are worth a mention.

The hills between Loch Goil and Loch Eck, though less high, are remarkably rewarding for hill-walkers, with scintillating mountain and sea views.

There is a Local Walking Guide which can be ordered online HERE.