Steeple Hill from Lochgoilhead
Time: 2 to 4.5 hours | Ascent: 761m
“For superb views of the full length of Loch Goil, and to appreciate the beautiful setting of Lochgoilhead village, you can do no better than get yourself to the top of Steeple Hill. Starting at loch level you will climb all the way to the summit at 1,236ft. This can be a bit of a scramble in places so it is not to be underestimated. There is an annual hill race with what must be an almost unbeatable records of 20mins 23secs up and down. Much better to take your time and take in the views.” Recommended by: Leonard Gow, Lochgoilhead Holidays.
Steeple Hill – almost high enough to be a Corbett – lies above Lochgoilhead.There are a number of routes, all starting from the car park in the village.
- Follow the marked section of the Cowal Way head over the style and through the kissing gate towards the Donich Falls.
- Be aware that there is often a herd of Highland cattle at the unfenced lower section of this walk. They are well used to walkers. With their long horns and long wavy coats they are good picture opportunities, but if you have a dog, or if it is calving season, then take extra care when passing them.
- The most direct route is to take the good zigzag path up to a large rock (used for abseiling) from where you keep to the left and follow a rough track, or you can take the direct route and make your own way by scrambling to the top. Towards the summit the going is over tussocks dotted with water courses, long grass and heather.
- An alternative route is to approach via the Coilessan Glen way-marked track which is part of the Cowal Way. Follow it up through the fire-break and on clearing the trees turn right to the open slopes and, ultimately, the top. This makes for an easier, but much longer, walk.
- From the top of Steeple Hill you’ll have fantastic views down over the village as well as the sea-lochs & Firth of Clyde.
Loch Goil looking south.
The scenic location of Lochgoilhead
There are buses to Lochgoilhead from Dunoon and Helensburgh. The Goil Inn and Shoreshouse Inn are close to the car park and bus stop so you can relax and enjoy a drink or a meal after your walk.
The route description and comments provided here are intended to complement and not replace the descriptions found in official guidebooks. You should equip yourself with a map, dress accordingly and have suitable footwear and a level of fitness to undertake this hill climb. There are walking guides and leaflets available from the Tourist Information Centres and you can find further information online.
If you are hill walking in winter conditions please make sure you are equipped and experienced for the route you are walking.