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There is a non-refundable booking fee of £4 - £7 per person per walk/daytime event. Other prices apply for third party and evening CowalFest events. Please check walk description or website to confirm pricing for your chosen events.

A maximum three children under 11 may walk free per paying accompanying adult unless stated otherwise on some events, or on walks using CowalFest tranpsort.

Walk Grading

Walks have been graded by experienced walkers to give an indication of the type of walk participants can expect – check out our walk grades information.

It is important to note that walking conditions change according to the weather, so the grading given is only a guide. Cowal’s hills are often challenging and the terrain can be rough. Please pay attention to our walk descriptions and ensure you have appropriate equipment/clothing for Autumn walking in Scotland particularly on longer more strenuous walks. Sturdy and waterproof footwear, warm and waterproof clothing, hats and gloves, plus a drink and packed lunch or snack. Walking poles are advised and don’t forget your camera!
The walk leader is entitled to refuse to take anyone who is not suitably dressed.

Know the Code

Enjoy Scotland’s outdoors – responsibly!
Everyone has the right to be on most land and water providing they act responsibly. Your access rights and responsibilities are explained fully in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code –
Take responsibility for your own actions
Respect the interests of other people
Care for the environment


Walkers must register with the walk facilitator at the start point 15 minutes before setting off. Anyone who has not booked may be accepted at the walk facilitator’s discretion, and on payment of the booking fee. We cannot guarantee bookings at the start where CowalFest Transport is provided.


Transport is provided for some walks. See the individual events for details.
Details of start and finish locations and a description of each event is shown on the CowalFest website and in the CowalFest brochure. Each location has a map reference or postal code. Where appropriate bus times are also included.
Walkers are expected to make their own transport arrangements to the start of an event, but have the option to take CowalFest transport where offered.
Some linear walks will include CowalFest arranged transport to the start of the walk, or at the end of the walk, or will make use of public bus services where long stay parking is not appropriate. Please check the walk description for individual transport arrangements and pick up points.

Public transport

Bus timetable are available from Dunoon Visitor Information Centre
and online from West Coast Motors

Ferry timetables can be found at:

Walks which can be accessed by public transport are indicated, but bus times should always be verified before setting out. Walk times should give adequate time but will depend on walking speed and conditions. Please inform the walk facilitator if you have a deadline to meet.

Car Parking

There is parking on the Coal Pier and along the waterfront if the start is shown as the Coal Pier or you are visiting the CowalFest Hub. For walks, parking is usually available at walk start points but can sometimes be limited.

Start Points

Maps showing the start point of walks are in the brochure and on the website. All walk locations have Grid References noted.


Maps to use include: Ordinance Survey Landranger series – numbers 55,56,62 and 63. Ordinance Survey Explorer series – numbers OL37 362 and 363


Dogs on short leads are allowed on some walks. See walk details for information. Please accept that there are walk locations (farms, etc.) where dogs are not allowed.


Participants in CowalFest take part at their own risk. Organisers and supporters shall not be liable for any accident or injury however caused. You are strongly advised to check your personal accident insurance. Cowal Walking Festival Association reserves the right to cancel any walk at any point.

Walking in Cowal

Apart from the guided festival walks there are many places to walk in Cowal throughout the year. CowalFest ’kindred spirits’ include The Cowal Way, the Argyll Mountaineering Club, and the Cowal Walking Group.


There are links to accommodation on our website, along with places to eat and information on travel.


As ever feedback is essential so that we can continue to improve the festival. All events/facilitators will have feedback forms and we would appreciate you filling them out for us.

Most importantly, enjoy yourselves!

All our walk facilitators are volunteers, sharing with you their knowledge and passion for the breathtaking scenery, hills, forests, wildlife, history, and culture of Cowal. We love showing you what Cowal has to offer so please do come along and join in.
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