Cowal Way – Upgrades


Leonard Gow, Lochgoilhead Holidays and Jim McLuckie, founder of The Cowal Way


The Cowal Way – It’s getting better…

It’s not every day you get to meet someone who created his very own long distance path. Jim McLuckie, the man behind The Cowal Way, was in Lochgoilhead along with his development team at a meeting held in the Shore House Inn, Lochgoilhead on 2nd March.

The Cowal Way in Argyll is known as “Scotland in 57 miles”. Established in 2000 it runs the length of the Cowal Peninsula, passing through some of the most beautiful and varied landscape in the Highlands. Beginning 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.

Through the efforts of the Colintraive & Glendaruel Development Trust, the team secured £400,000+ to upgrade and promote the route.

Developing and promoting the route will help local businesses. A new transfer and baggage service has started up in Strachur. With the new taxi service in the village it will be easier to arrange a pick-up / drop-off so that locals and holiday home owners can make the most of this superb walk – right on our doorstep. Walkers need a small refreshment in the pubs, they stock up in our local shops, and they need somewhere to stay.

Even if you are not a local business, everyone will benefit from improvements in the route signage, already visible around the village. They even have a sneaky people counter tucked away somewhere nearby so the visitor numbers can be logged. It is interesting, but not surprising, to note that the sections through Lochgoilhead and on to Loch Lomond are the highest used on the whole route.

They have an ambitious development plan. They are off to a good start but there is much to do. We wish them will in putting it in to action.

Find out more on their website

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Leonard Gow
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