Known as Scotland’s ‘secret coast,’ the Cowal Peninsula is a magical destination that forms part of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Sitting on the awe-inspiring Loch Fyne, the Cowal Peninsula is a vast area of land starting from the town of Inveraray all the way down to Ostel Bay.
While many parts of Loch Fyne are popular amongst tourists, others are largely untouched, including the eastern bank of the Loch.
Here’s our pick of the top 5 places to discover on the Cowal Peninsula:
Ostel Bay Beach
The vast expanse of soft sand and gentle waves offers a fabulous place for families to gather and children to play. This wild, unspoilt beach is a hidden gem offering splendid scenery as far as the eye can see.
Ostel Bay is not signposted so you need to travel along the B8000 road to Millhouse and take a single track road towards Kilbride Farm. Follow the path to the side of the farmhouse until you see a sign for the beach. It’s about a 20 minute walk in total, offering superb views on the way down. Alternatively, why not cycle there?
Kyles of Bute
The Kyles of Bute is a narrow sea channel separating the northern end of the Isle of Bute from the Cowal peninsula in Argyll. It’s a superb spot for hiking, with plenty of hillsides, rocky tops and areas of moorland.
To get there follow the coastal path from Tighnabruaich along the edge of the Kyles of Bute to Caladh Lighthouse and Eilean Dubt. This is about a two hour walk in total but if you want to walk less – or further – by all means you can.
This historical walk, dating back to the Victorian era, is well worth a visit for its spectacular waterfall-filled deep gorge brimming with tropical plants and mysterious trees. This is one of the most popular short walks in the region famed for its spooky and dark atmosphere.
Featuring bridges and rocky walls covered with heavy moss and surrounded by dense trees, you’ll feel at one with nature in this glorious and undiscovered part of the world.
The Arrochar Alps
Are you ready for an energising and invigorating walk across the Arrochar Alps? Not for the faint-hearted, this is a challenging walk featuring plenty of tough hills and boggy slogs. If you think you’ve got what it takes, get your walking gear on and get out there for some intense exploration – the views are certainly worth it!
Knockdow House is an 18th century historical property nestled in the heart of Scotland’s secret coast. The surrounding regions of this house have so much to offer, from the nearby town of Dunoon to the woods of Argyll, and so much more. No visit to Scotland is complete without a trip to the secret coast!