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Cowal Way
Michael Kaufmann   James McLuckie  
15 April 2016
UK price £12.99
72pp, 150 x 220mm, 190g

Cowal Way

with Isle of Bute (2nd ed)


Michael Kaufmann James McLuckie

"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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Planning (extract)
Habitats and wildlife
Lochgoilhead to Arrochar
  • Cowal Way heading north through Glen Loin

    © Jacquetta Megarry

  • Arriving by ferry at Portavadie, the start of the Cowal Way

    © James McLuckie

  • Golden eagle feeding on rabbit

    © Sandy Morrison

  • The Cobbler, seen across Loch Long

    © James McLuckie

  • Kilmodan Church, Glendaruel, on the Cowal Way

    © Michael Kaufmann

  • Ferry leaving Isle of Bute for Colintraive on Cowal

    © Jacquetta Megarry

Cowal Way heading north through Glen Loin

© Jacquetta Megarry


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

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