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CowalFest FutureCowalFest Future
Added: 06 Mar 2019
There have been a number of tough decisions to be made by the committee of volunteers on organising a festival for 2019, and deciding on the future of the festival in the 2020’s.

Unfortunately we are unable to organise our regular, 8/10 day festival in October 2019 for financial and organisational reasons.

The main problem is the lack of committee members and helpers to organise, in practical and administrative terms, all the numerous aspects of running a first class event. It has been a struggle to continue for a number of years on a practical level, despite appealing for help. Everyone is a volunteer. There are only 5 members currently on the committee, and we are just unable to cover all the work that is required.

However, in order to keep CowalFest alive for the future, the committee are offering three days of hill and trail walks on the 27th, 28th, and 29th September, 2019, to tie in with Dunoon Presents Outdoor Festival, a new event covering many different outdoor activities around Dunoon and Cowal. With Dunoon Presents promotional expertise and experience, we hope to reach many new walkers, as well as welcoming the return of regular attendees. For this year only we are looking at offering 2/3 walks per day of varying levels/abilities. Due to current circumstances no Heritage, Nature, special, or cultural events can be offered this year unfortunately.

In addition, and just as important, we hope to recruit new volunteers to join either the committee, or to cover specific tasks within the organisation, such as the website, social media, marketing, and P.R.

CowalFest will be having its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, the 26th March, at the Cowal Camera club premises on Castle Street, Dunoon, PA23 7HR, at 7.30pm. ( for directions). All are very welcome to attend with questions, suggestions, and comments.
Raffle Prize WinnersRaffle Prize Winners
Added: 18 Oct 2018
*** Raffle Prize Winners ***

We have winners! Tuesday was a lucky day for four people who won our main prizes. .

The £100 first prize went to J.H.S. Chard from Kilmarnock, who will be giving his winnings to a charity he supports were he used to live, the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed.

Sue Ansty from Innellan won the Scottish Salmon Company voucher, Angela Wilson from Dunoon won the Cal-Mac ferry voucher, and David Fiddes, from Strachur, won the Fyne Ales Brewery voucher. All winners were thrilled with their prizes. Many thanks to everyone who bought tickets, and contributed to the costs of running CowalFest Argyll.
CowalFest featured in Best UK Events for OctoberCowalFest featured in Best UK Events for October
Added: 27 Sep 2018
CowalFest Argyll has been included in the 13 Top Things To Do in October listed in a travel feature by Holiday Lettings from Tripadvisor, posted today.

Locals have always appreciated the wonderful scenary, especially bathed in autumn colour, and now we are recognised for showcasing Cowal’s stunning hills, lochs and glens, plus it’s heritage and wildlife to the rest of the UK, and beyond. We have walkers coming from as far as Germany, and the U.S.A!

(photo - Isabella Hillhouse)

Programme Brochure AvailableProgramme Brochure Available
Added: 30 Aug 2018
A flurry of bookings have followed the recent availability of the popular CowalFest programme brochure. Get your copy from Dunoon and Inverclyde Libraries, Purdies, Argyll Street, where you can make cash bookings, and many shops and venues in Dunoon, the Cowal villages, plus Rothesay, Tarbert, Cambeltown, and Inveraray tourist centres.
Are you still deciding which CowalFest walks or events are right for you? October may seem many weeks away, but some of our limited numbers walks are filling up fast, including both Cowal Way sections, walk 22 Strachur to Lochgoilhead on Tuesday, 9th, and 32 Portavadie to Kames on the Thursday, 11th and walk 37, From Hill to Shore on the final Friday. Leave it too late and you could be disappointed!

(photo Paul Ashton)

Discover Cowal’s HeritageDiscover Cowal’s Heritage
Added: 07 Aug 2018
Are you fascinated by the past? Do you have an interest in the Scottish clans, or perhaps the history of local people and places, or ever wondered how the rocks were formed underneath our feet? Then CowalFest has walks with experienced guides just for you.
Discover Dunoon’s Stone Heritage with geologist Julian Hill, with a look at our old buildings from a geological perspective. Or listen to the stories about Clan Lamont while walking along beautiful Loch Scriven. Visit old Castle Lachlan, and Kilmorie Chapel, (the burial place of MacLachlan clan chiefs), alongside Loch Fyne, which includes transport from Dunoon. Or stroll around Strachur village and discover it’s history, as part of the Pilgrimage route of Faith in Cowal.

(photo - Lorraine Parramore)
How to improve your photosHow to improve your photos
Added: 31 Jul 2018
Do you enjoy taking images of breathtaking scenery in glorious Autumn colours? Why not combine a leisurely walk with advice on how to take great images from a professional. Archie Reid, of Fynephotography, is offering advice and assistance while you walk at a leisurely pace around a level area of Glenbranter woodland by the River Chur. Check out walk number 24, Tuesday, 9th October on our website

(photo Lorraine Parramore)
Are you up for a challenge?Are you up for a challenge?
Added: 26 Jul 2018
The Cowal Peninsula may be missing a Munro, but there are plenty of challenging peaks for the more able, experienced walkers. New for 2018 on Friday, 12th October is Cnoc Coinnich, recently promoted to a Corbett at 763.5 metres. Led by experienced guide Nigel Scriven, and starting from the lochside village of Lochgoilhead, the route traverses part of the Cowal Way, then continues over open hill along the north ridge to the summit. The rewards are stunning 360 degree views and a sense of achievement. Are you ready to take up the challenge?

(photo Cowal Way )
Join us for a Social WalkJoin us for a Social Walk
Added: 26 Jul 2018
CowalFest offers many types of walks, and already the new Social Walks are proving very popular. Loch Fyne Shore, (Walk 2), was our most popular walk of 2017, and inspired the idea of more social walks for 2018. A gentle, linear route along the upper, southern shore of beautiful Loch Fyne from St. Catherine’s to Cairndow, with the opportunity to view the eight sided Kilmorich Parish Church, and have lunch/snacks at an inn, before getting the bus back to the start. Come and join us.

(photo Lorraine Parramore)
Bookings rolling in - don’t be disappointedBookings rolling in - don’t be disappointed
Added: 12 Jul 2018
Bookings are coming in fast for the Cowal Walking Festival. Most popular so far: Cowal Way 1 Portavadie to Tighnabruich, From Hill to Shore Strathlachlan Forest, and the social walks.

A bonus for 2018 - check out our walks that are offering all-inclusive, return transport from Dunoon to the start, such as the Lachlan Bay Heritage Walk over the weekend, 6/7 October, and Cowal Way 4 Strachur to Lochgoilhead on Tuesday, 9 October. Places are limited.

(photo Paul Ashton)
CowalFest 2018 website live  for bookingsCowalFest 2018 website live for bookings
Added: 20 Jun 2018
Friday 5 - Friday 12 October 2018

There are fourteen new walks, including mountain climbs, and woodland wanders. We continue to offer old favourites too. Check out our new Social walks, for those who enjoy a more leisurely pace. They feature refeshments at inns/cafes either during, or at the end of the walk.

Walk/talks include popular geologist Julian Hill looking at Dunoon buildings; professional photographer Archie Reid offers advice on taking stunning images; and Kilfinnan Community offer a walk guided in Gaelic.

October may seem far away, but many of our popular, linear walks quickly book up due to limited transport. Don’t be dissapointed!

Check out our reviewed prices. Walk/talks are particularly good value for money. We even offer four free events.

So much to enjoy!

(photo Cowal Way)
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