Booking Now for Summer 2021 - Weekenders On Scotland’s Cowal Pilgrim Way
3-night all-inclusive break, to give you a taster of this recently revived ancient pilgrim way. Accommodation is in a delightful private mansion house overlooking the Clyde estuary. The weekend is fully catered, with pre-dinner talks from local experts and 2 full-day guided walks.
The Cowal Pilgrim Way is located in Argyllshire on the Clyde estuary. This beautiful landscape of hills, glens and sea lochs is one of the most accessible parts of the Scottish Highlands. Cowal is a lush landscape of lonely hills, glens and crystal clear sea lochs. Just a stone’s throw from Ireland and well connected to the heart of Scotland, it’s no surprise that Cowal has some of the earliest signs of Christianity in the Gaelic world, thought to pre-date St Columba’s 6th Century monastery on the Isle of Iona.
Dates: Friday 16th - Monday 19th July 2021 and Friday 13th - Monday 16th August 2021
Price: £750.00 per person based on two sharing double or twin accommodation
The delightful Strone House will be your home from home for 3 nights, exclusively for the use of our party. We have 6 luxury double ensuite rooms and 2 luxury king-sized twin ensuite rooms. We provide three breakfasts, two packed lunches and three dinners, served in the magnificent dining room.
On Saturday we set off on foot from Strone House heading west, with a two-mile warm-up walk to Kilmun Church and the Clan Campbell Mausoleum. After a guided tour of the site, we continue through Kilmun Arboretum into Pucks Glen and on to Ardnadam. On Sunday we head east towards Ardentinny on Loch Goil and onto Castle Carrick where Mary Queen of Scots stayed in 1563.
We are delighted that Dan Romani is personally guiding both walks. Dan is at the heart of the Cowal Pilgrim Way project, having personally explored, mapped and developed the full 60-mile pilgrimage route.
Our team will be on hand to assist you during your stay, with local experts sharing their knowledge and connections with the area. Discover more about the ongoing project to revive 15 Scottish Pilgrim Routes. The Clyde was once the busiest shipping route in the world, hear tales from centuries of shipping and wrecks. Benmore Botanic Garden is a magnificent mountainside garden and home to a world-famous collection of exotic plants from the Orient, the Himalaya and the Americas. The dramatic viewpoint at 450 ft (140m) overlooks Holy Loch and neighbouring mountain tops. You may like to visit the garden before you leave the area.
- By road - 90 minutes by car, north approach from Glasgow via Loch Lomond
- By Road and Ferry - 90 minutes by car, south approach from Glasgow via Greenock
- By Train - 50 minutes from Glasgow to Gourock
- By Ferry - 15-20 minutes crossing with a car or as a foot passenger. NB there are two ferry terminals, Gourock is by the Railway Station, McInroy’s is 2 miles further away.
- By Taxi - 10 or 15 minutes from either of Dunoon’s ferry terminals to Strone House