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Cowal Way becomes the Loch Lomond & Cowal Way - Press Release
Welcome to the Loch Lomond & Cowal Way
The Loch Lomond & Cowal Way in Argyll is known as ‘Scotland in 57 miles’. Less than one hour from Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow city centre, this accessible part of the Scottish Highlands offers beautiful coastlines, dramatic scenery, engaging heritage, abundant wildlife, and very friendly communities and people.
Since 2015 £750,000 has been invested in new path infrastructure, business development services, and promotion. Loch Lomond & Cowal Way is now one of the UK’s best long distance routes, suitable primarily for walkers and runners, and also mountain bikers.
Established in 2000, the Loch Lomond & 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 Loch Lomond & 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..
Why did you establish the Cowal Way?
After leaving the Army, I was living in Glendaruel and running a management development company specialising in residential outdoor training.
Loch Lomond & Cowal Way has launched an innovative mobile app for the growing digital audience. The use of smart phones has grown significantly in recent years. The majority of the UK population now own one and use it for a variety of purposes, including accessing social media, texting, for research purposes, and also for purchasing various products and services – and the occasional phone call of course.read more
The Loch Lomond & Cowal Way. Not many people have heard of Cowal. Where is it? Cowal is part of Argyll and the Isles, which is in the south west Highlands of Scotland. Though the Loch Lomond & Cowal Way is less than one hour’s drive from Glasgow’s city centre, it is very rural. What kind of walk is it? We call the Loch Lomond & Cowal Way “Scotland in 57 miles.”read more
A multi-use audit of the Loch Lomond & Cowal Way was carried out in early 2017, and then updated in August 2017 to reflect further access improvements to the path, including for example, the installation of new swing gates toread more