Scotland and particularly Argyll are popular with walkers, with walks that cater for novices right through to experienced ramblers and mountaineers.
For experienced hill walkers Ardmarnoch is within 1 hours drive of access paths to 7 Munroes and many lesser hills including “The Cobble”.
The Cowal Way
Starting at Portavadie and finishing at Ardgarten, this 47 mile walk consists of six shorter sections between 9 and 17 kilometers. This long distance ‘footpath’ walk climbs to approximately 1540 metres at its highest point and passes across grassy hills and heather moorland featuring rich wildlife and some heritage sites. It is noted that some sections are strenuous although alot of the walk is suitable for novices. You should perhaps only attempt one section per day.
The Kintyre Way
Opened in summer 2007, the Kintyre Way is a walk that starts from Tarbert, Loch Fyne and criss crosses the peninsula through places such as Skipness, Carradale, Campbeltown and Machrihanish. The walk, similarly, is divided up into shorter manageable sections enabling walkers to complete a section per day and either camp en-route or stop at various accommodations along the way.
The walk, gives fantastic views northwards up Loch Fyne, as well as across to Gigha and Arran at varying points and meanders through open grassland, forestry track and through woodland habitats.
The West Island Way
The West Island Way is also a fairly new walk which runs the length of the Isle of Bute through magnificent countryside. The walk begins south of Kilchattan Bay at the south of the island and finishes near Port Bannatyne, a small coastal village which is north of Rothesay, Bute’s main town.
Throughout Argyll there are many walks, and walking is a large attraction of this particular part of Scotland. The Cowal Way and Kintyre way are two large walks made up of shorter walks, many of which are accessible of their own accord. Many other spurs and local walks also exist.