St Munn’s Way, Cowal, Argyll
Scotland’s pilgrim ways are undergoing a revival. St Munn’s Way on the Cowal peninsula on the west of Scotland is just a stone’s throw from Ireland. And it was here that the early Christian missionaries, such as St Columba of Iona, arrived from Ireland.
St Munn's Way is located on Argyll's Cowal Peninsula, on the Clyde estuary. It is one of the most accessible parts of the Scottish Highlands, an hour from Glasgow and just down the road from Glencoe. Cowal is one of the most peaceful places to wander, enjoy the scenery and local hospitality. St Munn's Way is a 50-mile route forming a triangle between the points of Kilmun, Lochgoilhead and Strachur. Starting at Kilmun on the Holy Loch along the shores of Holy Loch, Loch Long and Loch Goil to Lochgoilhead, with spectacular views across the three lochs. From here you're heading west through the glens to Strachur. The third side of the triangle tracks hillside Forestry routes along the east flank of Loch Eck, through Puck's Glen and Kilmun Arboretum to finish back at Kilmun. The path is not too hilly overall and suitable for bikes as well as boots. Being situated just a stone's throw from Ireland it's no surprise that the Cowal peninsula is an area where some of the earliest signs of Christianity in the Gaelic world are to be found. Some of the sites recently uncovered are thought to pre-date St Columba and his 6th Century monastery on the Isle of Iona.
Several historic pilgrim trails in Scotland are currently undergoing a revival. By way of introduction, we're programming a series of taster events on Scotland's Pilgrim Ways. Our summer programme of small group guided day walks & weekends will also be located at St Cuthbert's Way in the Borders, Whithorn Way in Ayrshire and St Kentigern Way in Lanarkshire.
For small groups, we can also offer a return marine transfer service, from Glasgow by fast boat (RIB) down the Clyde to Kilmun. An exciting way to access this beautiful corner of central Scotland. Throughout the summer months, we are also offering short weekend breaks based on Cowal, with overnight hotel accommodation, a welcome dinner and presentation plus two guided day walks. These are planned for June, July and August and you'll soon be able to book online on our Scotland's Trails website .
Guided Day Walks
Join us this summer as our local expert guide Dan leads small group guided walks on St Munn's way, for a fabulous day of discovery.
The starting point is Kilmun on the Holy Loch, just 2 miles from Dunoon. YOu will be bused back to the starting point in time to make the ferry from Dunoon to Gourock.
The walks have been designed to provide parking, refreshments, picnic lunch and comfort stops.
The day rounds off with a short presentation from the local St Munn's Way steering group and maybe a dram.