"Lavishly illustrated guidebook with route map plus practical information" - Scots Magazine
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. 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.
The trail is waymarked and undulating, 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.
A project funded by the Coastal Communities Fund has created many footpath improvements, both major and minor, over the period 2015-2016. The whole route was also waymarked afresh, and new interpretation materials installed. Our second edition in a new format was comprehensively updated in 2016. In November 2018 the route’s name was extended to Loch Lomond & Cowal Way to reflect the fact that 50% of it runs within the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. However the route itself has not changed and the current guidebook is still reliable navigationally.
This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy the Cowal Way:
- detailed route description for the Way walked south-west to north-east
- summaries showing distance, terrain and refreshment stops
- 8 pages of detailed mapping with the route highlighted (1:50,000)
- map, tourist attractions and walks on the historic Isle of Bute
- background on Cowal’s heritage and wildlife
- hill-walks, including the famous “Cobbler”
- planning information for travel by car, ferry, bus and plane
- in full colour, with over 80 photographs
- rainproof paper throughout.
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Reviewed by Scots Magazine
Printed on waterproof paper, The Cowal Way is a lavishly illustrated guidebook which includes a route map plus practical information for the walker.
Scots Magazine, July 2009, page 8