Cowal and Dunoon

Cowal and Dunoon

Cowal is the three-pronged peninsula between Loch Fyne and Loch Long. Easily accessible and yet often overlooked, this is a rugged and mountainous landscape with a fine coastline, attractive lochs and extensive forests, packed with red squirrels.

There is a wide range of walking here, from the short but spectacular Puck's Glen to the Loch Lomond and Cowal Way, a 90km multi-day route traversing the area from Portavadie to Inveruglas on Loch Lomond. The capital of the district is Dunoon; a popular resort since the days of the Clyde paddle steamers and still served today by ferries across the Firth. The other key centres are Kames and Tighnabruaich, an attractive pair of villages strung out along the beautiful shores of the Kyle of Bute, and Lochgoilhead at the northern end of the area, as the hills of Cowal rise higher towards the Arrochar Alps.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Big Tree walk, Black Gates grade2km 45 minutes
Puck's Glen grade2.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Gleneck Viewpoints walk, Glenbranter grade2.75km 1 - 2 hours
Bishop's Glen, Dunoon grade3km 1 hour
Ardyne and the Clyde View walk grade3.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Glenan Bay, Portavadie grade3.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Allt Robuic Waterfalls, Glenbranter grade3.5km 1 - 2 hours
Glen Donich circuit, Lochgoilhead grade4km 1 - 2 hours
Dunan - the Camel's Hump, Ardnadam grade4.5km 1.5 hours
Ardentinny Forest walks grade6km 1.5 - 2 hours
River Eachaig circuit grade7km 2 hours
Kilmun Arboretum gradegrade2.75km 1.5 hours
Portavadie and Low Stillaig gradegrade5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Strone Hill, Kilmun gradegrade7.75km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Kyles of Bute gradegrade9km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Beinn Mhor, via Glen Massan gradegradegrade13km 4 - 5.5 hours
Beinn Bheula, near Lochgoilhead gradegradegradegrade12km 5 - 6 hours
Loch Lomond and Cowal Way 90km 7 stages

FEATURE: Exploring Dunoon

FEATURE: Exploring Dunoon

Fiona Russell discovers the charms of the Cowal peninsula.

"Climbing the steep path and numerous uneven stone-slab steps through deeply moss-covered Puck’s Glen on the Cowal Peninsula, it is easy to imagine I have been transported to another world."

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