Loch Lomond and Cowal Way Walk

Scotland
Walking
Self-Guided
Loch Lomond and Cowal Way Walk

Loch Lomond and Cowal Way Walk

Prices

From $1,050USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

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Highlights

Enjoy this self-guided walking tour that takes in Loch Lomond & the Cowal Way

Enjoy walking the Cowal Way, as your trail takes you along lochs and through the countryside before ending in Loch Lomond.

Look out for the variety of wildlife that roam or soar along the walk, such as the golden eagle, red squirrels, and grey seals.

Begin your journey by immersing your body into a state of relaxation at the Portavadie Spa, where a preview of the views ahead propels excitement.

Discover the remains of the 15th-century built Ascog Castle during your 10 km trek from Portavadie to Tighnabruaich.

Spanning seven days, the Loch Lomond and Cowal Way walking tour is a special Walk. This self-guided tour is steeped in history, and envelops you with its array of impressive heritage, rugged dramatic scenery, coastlines stretching for kilometres and kilometres, and woodland creatures peppering the landscapes.

The 92 km pathway ebbs and flows with the unruly, rugged, but majestic hillsides, footpaths, and forested trails guiding you from Portavadie to Inveruglas. As you wander through the glens, woodlands, and by the sea-lochs, expect to spot a collection of wildlife, including grey seals, red squirrels, otters, porpoises, roe deer, with the possibility of watching a golden eagle soar above.

The remarkable natural landscapes blanketing Loch Lomond and Cowal Way hold chapters and chapters of colourful ancient tales, which unearth whenever you stumble upon the various landmarks interspersed throughout the expedition.

Loch Lomond and Cowal Way Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Tarbert

Check into your hotel in Tarbert and spend the evening in a local pub, enjoying the cosy atmosphere and preparing for the 92 km journey ahead.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Tarbert
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Ferry and Walk Tighnabruaich

Hop on a ferry to Portavadie. Before reaching the trailhead, enjoy a moment of leisure at Portavadie Spa and marvel at the breathtaking views of Loch Fyne. Keep in mind that both fees for the ferry and the spa must be paid locally. Begin on your 10 km walk in the afternoon and look out for the remains of the 15th-century Ascog Castle. Check into your hotel in Tighnabruaich upon arrival.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Tighnabruaich
Distance
10 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Walk to Glendaruel

Munch on breakfast before departing for a trek that combines coastal bliss and a rugged scramble along Kyles of Bute, forming one remarkable and memorable experience. Decide to hop aboard an optional Waverley Paddle Steamer Boat trip around Loch Fyne in the morning. End the day in the rural, remote Glendaruel.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Glendaruel
Distance
18 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Walk to Strachur

Today is the longest walk of the Cowal Way walking tour. Follow undulating hillside paths, noticing the stone walls that once guarded the gardens at the Glendaruel House in the 19th century. Pass by Allt Robuic waterfalls. After curving through a valley, forest, and by roadside cottages, you’ll encounter Strachur. Spend the night in a hotel here.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Strachur
Distance
26 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Walk to Lochgoilhead

After eating a delicious breakfast, feel free to check out the Strachur Smiddy Museum. Browse the collection of artifacts, tools, and learn about the role they played in Strachur’s history. Pay £3.30 to enter the museum. Embark on your 14 km journey, which will have you bending through grassy paths, moorland, forests, by waterfalls, and along a coastal path. Look out for birds when you reach Curra Lochain part way through your trek. Check into your hotel in Lochgoilhead and enjoy a laid back evening.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lochgoilhead
Distance
14 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Final Leg to Inveruglas

Today you embark on the final leg of the Loch Lomond and Cowal Way walk. Today’s route carries you through rough terrain and demands you to climb a steep 500 m ascent. Marvel at the panoramic views unveiling Beinn Bheula, Luss hills, and Ben Lomond. Continue trekking until you reach Inveruglas. Hop on a direct bus to Glasgow and spend your last evening celebrating your feat in this wonderful Scottish City. For those who want one more night in the Scottish Hills, you can choose to spend your last evening in Arrochar and depart to Glasgow in the morning.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Glasgow or Arrochar
Distance
24 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Departure day

Eat breakfast, say your goodbyes, and depart Glasgow.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Loch Lomond and Cowal Way Walking Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided walking tour in Scotland is always run as a custom tour for your group only and the price is fixed per person staying in a double room. Single rooms are also possible on request for an extra charge. Please note, that booking this tour on short notice might increase the tour price, as the accommodation options here are limited and on high demand.

  • Price per person staying in a double room - $1,050USD
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Accommodation on Loch Lomond and Cowal Way Tour

This tour includes accommodation in cozy guest houses and hotels. Each room offers modern amenities that will help to elevate your level of comfort after a long day of hiking. Expect to stay in a room with another member of the tour or upgrade to single occupancy for an additional fee.

Note that specific accommodation may vary based on availability but will be substituted with accommodations of a similar standard.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Single rooms for this tour are on request, and the price depends on the season, availability, and the number of days left until your travel. Please inquire to find out more.

Dunivaig B&B in Tarbert

Spend your first night on this tour inside a traditional-looking Scottish building. This hotel comes with the most necessary necessities: free Wi-Fi and free breakfast!

Kames Hotel in Tighnabruaich

Let your body relax in the sauna at this hotel after your 10 km trek. On top of that, take advantage of the Wi-Fi, free breakfast, and beachfront location!

The Watermill BnB in Glendaruel

Brimming with character, this B&B will win you over with its storybook-like setting and fairytale-like architecture. Let the scenic location ease you into a good night of rest.

Balliemeanoch Breaks B&B in Strachur

The ever-so rural Balliemeanoch Breaks B&B will enchant you with its comfortable, spacious rooms. Enjoy the free Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfast.

Hotel Shore House in Lochgoilhead

Let the beachfront views envelop you as you slip into a state of relaxation at The Shore House. Use the free Wi-Fi as you watch the waves flirt with the shore.

Hotel Premier Inn Buchanan Galleries Hotel in Glasgow

If you’re not too tired from your journey, feel free to immerse yourself in Glasgow’s city scene—clubs, cinemas, shopping—while staying at the ideally located Premier Inn.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Loch Lomond and Cowal Way Tour?

Meals

6 breakfasts are included throughout the tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights along the tour are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for your luggage is included during the walking days, but you must take care of your own transfers, where necessary.

Also Included

  • Detailed route guide
  • Bus transfers from and to Glasgow
  • Taxes

Not included

  • Guide services
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Transport
  • Anything not stated as ‘included’
  • Ferry over Loch Fyne
  • Portavadie Spa - £9 GBP per person entry fee
  • Waverley Paddle Steamer Boat Trip
  • Visit to Strachur Smiddy Museum

Optional Extras

  • Additional night before or after the tour
  • Optional night in Arrochar

Frequenty Asked Questions about Loch Lomond and Cowal Way Walk

How hard is the Loch Lomond and Cowal Way Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. Although the distances on this tour are not very long, but rough terrain makes this tour more challenging.

Do I need a visa to travel to Scotland?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

I’ve never been on a self-guided trip! How does it work?

Self-guided traveling is not difficult! For many it is a preferred type of travel as you are in charge of your own time and pace. You are provided all the information on which direction you need to go daily. You don’t need to carry lots of things with you and can only carry your daypack, as your luggage will be picked up from your hotel daily in the morning and delivered to your destination hotel.

Are meals included on the Loch Lomond and Cowal Way Tour?

6 breakfasts are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Glasgow to start this tour?

Glasgow is a big city with many direct air connections all over Europe, as well as several cities all over the world.

Is the Loch Lomond and Cowal Way Tour in English?

Yes, the tour guide speaks English.

Where does the Loch Lomond and Cowal Way Tour end?

The tour ends where it starts, in Glasgow.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Scotland?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Scotland?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

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Difficulty

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. Although the distances on this tour are not very long, but rough terrain makes this tour more challenging.


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