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Booking payments can be refunded if walks cancelled 3 days prior to walk. Other cancellations at the discretion of the organisors.

CowalFest cancelled walk bookings can either be changed to another event, or will be refunded by the organisers.

Please check the individual walk description to confirm pricing for your chosen event.

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 –

Always take responsibility for your own actions.
Respect the interests of other people.
Care for the environment.


Walkers should register with the walk facilitator at the start point as soon as they arrive, or with the mini-bus driver if appropriate. 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.

Public bus and ferry transport: check out our guide Getting Here

Many of our walks are accessible by public transport to tie in with our start times, and are stated on the walk description page. However, CowalFest cannot be responsible for any timetable changes/delays made by third parties. Please check for any changes/cancellations before you leave.

Car Parking

There is limited free parking on the Coal Pier at the ferry terminal end, with pay and display eastwards. Check out Dunoon Town Parking for full information. For walks, parking is usually available at walk start points but can sometimes be limited.


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


Dogs on short leads are allowed on many walks. Please ensure your dog is well-behaved. See individual walk details for information. Please accept that there are walk locations, and circumstances 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.


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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