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Walking

Argyll’s Secret Coast offers fantastic walking, from short strolls to epic routes. What better way to explore the lochs, hills and coastline of this beautiful part of the west coast of Scotland than on foot? The most famous walk is the long-distance Cowal Way, which begins at Portavadie in the south-west and ends at Inveruglas on the shores of Loch Lomond. Some sections are rough and boggy and you will require some navigational skills, but it’s well worth the effort.

Why not plan your holiday to coincide with Cowalfest, a walking and arts festival that takes place every year in October?

View the walking guides below for ideas and inspiration.
 
A loop through Tighnabruaich
A loop through Tighnabruaich
Start: Rhubbann Boatyard Time: 1 to 1.30 hours Terrain: Road (with optional detours on woodland paths) Your guide: Eve MacFarlane This is a short ‘urban...
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Glenan Circular Walk
Glenan Circular Walk
Time 1 - 1.5 hoursTerrain: Woodland and shore paths. Can be boggy underfoot and some clambering required. Start: Portavadie Forestry Commission car park. This circular...
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Kilfinan Community Forest
Kilfinan Community Forest
Kilfinan Community Forest is a wonderful woodland environment to explore, with a range of walks as well as some fascinating projects such as a hydro-electric scheme and...
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Kilfinan Community Forest walks
Kilfinan Community Forest walks
Start: Kilfinan Community Forest Time (full circuit): 1-2 hours Terrain: Forest track and woodland pathsThe folks at Kilfinan Community Forest have been busy developing...
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Millhouse to Ostel Bay
Millhouse to Ostel Bay
Start: Millhouse Village HallTime (full circuit): 2-3 hoursTerrain: Forest track, rough woodland path, fields, beach and road. Walking boots required. Your guide: Margo...
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Rhubaan Boatyard to Caladh Castle
Rhubaan Boatyard to Caladh Castle
Start: RhubaanTime: 1 – 2 hoursTerrain: Quiet coastal road, track Your guide: Margo AndrewThis is a lovely, all-ability walk for the family. Children could cycle...
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Stillaig Loop
Stillaig Loop
Start: Entrance to Polphail villageTime: 1.5 - 2 hoursTerrain: Forest and moorland path, farm track and road. Walking boots/stout footwear required. Your guide: Eve...
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The Cowal Way – Portavadie to Tighnabruaich
The Cowal Way – Portavadie to Tighnabruaich
Start: Portavadie Ferry Terminal Distance: 6 miles Terrain: Mainly forest track, paths or quiet road. Gentle climb to 85m over the first 2km. The Cowal Way is a fabulous...
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To the summit of Barr Nan Damh
To the summit of Barr Nan Damh
Time: 1 hour Terrain: Forest track (can be muddy), rough terrain with no clear path to the summit.Start: Glenan Car ParkYour guide: Eve MacFarlane Barr Nan Damh (171m)...
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Walks from the golf course
Walks from the golf course
There are several lovely walks that start at the Kykes of Bute Golf Course above Kames. However, as this is a working forest, please be aware that timber operations may...
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