The Cowal Way

The Cowal Way runs for 57 miles (92 km) across the Cowal peninsula, which lies west of Glasgow and has ferry links with the Isle of Bute. The route starts at Portavadie on Loch Fyne and ends at Inveruglas on Loch Lomond. The trail is waymarked, with rugged terrain and glorious views over Bute and the Firth of Clyde. The area is rich in history and heritage, with wildlife sightings including red squirrel, red deer and golden eagle.

The Cowal Way book is available from the Rucsacs website The book provides excellent detail on the the Way step-by-step, with summaries of distance, terrain and refreshment stops.  It also provides information on  tourist attractions; habitats and wildlife and hill-walks, including the famous “Cobbler” as well as information for planning  travel by car, ferry, bus and plane and a drop-down map showing the Cowal Way route.


All along the route you will find excellent accommodation and eating out and a warm welcome.  Traditional music is very much part of life in Cowal so look out for the local ceilidh and be sure to be there.

There are ferry links also to the Kintyre Way and to the West Highland Way, and thence to the Great Glen Way. It’s the missing link that enables Scotland’s ultimate long-distance walk, from the Mull of Kintyre all the way to Inverness.