Area: Argyll and Bute

*Argyll and Bute Council
Overview

'Argyll and Bute's unique landscape of mountains, lochs and fantastic scenery make it a great place to enjoy the outdoors - whether you are interested in walking, cycling, riding or watersports there are plenty of places to explore.'

*Benmore Botanic Garden
Size (acreage)120
Overview

'Sometimes still known as the Younger Botanic Garden, Benmore Botanic Garden covers an area of some 120 acres or 48 hectares. Set within a bowl of steeply rising mountains, Benmore enjoys a spectacular setting. Starting from the car park and visitor centre in the valley of the River Eachaig, the garden climbs the lower slopes of A'Chruach or Benmore Hill to a high point at a spectacular viewpoint 450ft above sea level ... '

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Undiscovered Scotland

See also

Benmore Botanic Garden [RBGE]

*Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park
Overview

'The quintessential Victorian "Highland" estate, Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park on the Isle of Arran is the perfect place for a family day out. Dramatically set against the backdrop of Goatfell mountain, the grand red sandstone Scottish baronial-style castle has stunning views over Brodick Bay to the Firth of Clyde ...'

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National Trust for Scotland

*Bute Forest
Overview

'Bute Forest is located on the north end of the Isle of Bute. The community owned land merges with that owned by other parties and the paths, trails and interesting sites run throughout.'

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Bute Community Land Company

*CowalFest Walking & Outdoor Festival
Overview

'All ages and abilities are catered for and the walks cover interest areas of wildlife, bird watching, drama, photography, art, history, heritage, folklore, tai chi, great gardens, great houses and some great hill walks including the opportunity to complete over 6 days the long distance trail "The Cowal Way".' Usually held Mid October.

*Kinlochleven - Walkers Are Welcome
Overview

'The village of Kinlochleven is surrounded by stunning mountains and scenery. The West Highland Way passes through Kinlochleven from the renowned Devil's Staircase from Glencoe and the village is a popular stop off point for walkers and brings a steady stream of visitors looking for accommodation before setting off the following morning to Fort William. The walks in Kinlochleven have a character of their own ...'

See also

Glencoe and Kinlochleven [Walkhighlands]

*Visit Scotland - Argyll & The Isles
Overview

'Blessed with arguably some of the most varied and jaw-dropping landscapes in the country, Argyll & The Isles has it all; staggering mountains, coastline, sea lochs, forests and islands. With such a range of terrain, it's no coincidence that Argyll has a high footfall amongst walkers ... '

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VisitScotland

Crinan Canal Towpath
Distance (miles)8
Overview

'Follow the towpath along a remote Scottish canal in an idyllic setting. Take in almost the entire route of this scenic canal - but cover no more than eight miles!'

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Scottish Canals

Five Degree West Challenge Trail
Distance (miles)220
Overview

'The five degree west line of longitude runs from the southern tip of the Cowal Peninsula to Cape Wrath and traverses some of the finest walking terrain in Scotland. The route described here was pioneered by the author in 2004 and attempts to follow the five degree line as closely as possible from south to north. It represents one of the most challenging long distance walks in Britain.'

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Bill Jack

Isle of Arran Coastal Way
Distance (miles)62
Overview

'Provides both low level walks and continuous walking around the coast of Arran. Walkers can now use a route around Arran's coastline in all weather conditions, that passes through most of the villages on the island.'

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Arran Access Trust

Kintyre Way
Distance (miles)89
Overview

'Tarbert to Southend across the stunning Kintyre Peninsula.'

Loch Lomond and Cowal Way
Distance (miles)57
Overview

'Known as Argyll’s Secret Coast, the Cowal Peninsula is an easily accessible yet little known area. Only an hour or two from the central belt, Cowal offers a gateway to the beautiful coastlines, dramatic scenery and diverse wildlife of the Scottish Highlands.'

Mary Queen of Scots Way
Distance (miles)107
Overview

'Coast to coast long distance route across central Scotland from Arrochar to St Andrews, linking many places associated with Mary Queen of Scots.  The route is largely off-road, using existing paths and tracks with some stretches of quiet country lane and short pathless sections.' Note Original Website cited here unavailable at Review; replaced by Link to the Walkhighlands Site.

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Paul Prescott

Scottish Coast-to-Coast Walk
Distance (miles)128
Overview

'From Oban to St Andrews, crossing the heart of Scotland. It was devised by Brian Smailes who has published a route description and other essential information in the book you can purchase ... Note that the Coast to Coast walk is NOT waymarked. There is a general route description on this page. When used with the rest of Undiscovered Scotland it will give you a clear idea of what the Coast to Coast walk and the places you will be passing through are like. But you will need Brian Smailes' book, plus the relevant Ordnance Survey maps ... and knowledge of how to use them, in order to complete the walk.'

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Undiscovered Scotland

Stevenson Way
Distance (miles)230
Overview

'A unique wilderness walk across the heart of Scotland ... Based on the book Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson ... Centred around real historical events ... A great way to explore Scotland.'

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Ian Logan

Three Lochs Way
Distance (miles)34
Overview

'Gentle pastoral landscapes around Balloch are gradually replaced by the scenic drama of mountain, crag and loch as the the Three Lochs Way crosses the Highland Boundary Fault and heads towards the mountains of the Southern Highlands.'

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Helensburgh and District Access Trust

West Island Way
Distance (miles)30
Overview

'The route is waymarked, running the complete length of the Island of Bute for around 40 kilometres. It crosses a varied landscape, with a fascinating stretch of coastline, beaches, rich farmland, moors, forests and fine views of Arran and the Cowal peninsula.'

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Walkhighlands

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