Those who want a little less activity can simply relax and enjoy the welcome in one of Cowal’s many historic inns, visit the many artists’ galleries and studios, or be awed by the stunning scenery with miles of breathtaking coastline and so much more.
Cowalfest continues to build on the success of new links with the Burgh Hall hosting arts activities and exhibitions, and Seasons Coffee House offering a base for walkers to call in, relax, chat, browse the brochure and book walks and events.
The festival completes the whole holiday experience with opportunities for drama workshops for children, horse riding, orienteering, exhibitions, art, theatre and concerts, all set within the dramatic and historic landscape of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Forest Park. Cowalfest is organised by the Cowal Walking Festival Association. The festival is a community led initiative, drawing together community groups, local businesses and individuals to deliver an annual walking and arts festival. Cowalfest was first launched in 2003
Suits 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 the complete over 6 days the long distance trail ‘The Cowal Way’. If you’ve got the time (and the energy!) you can also go horse riding or cycling and to a range of musical and arts, providing a range of family events.
New events for this year include a Mountain bike race, Nordic Walking and Canoeing including exciting sea kayak guided journeys and coaching sessions amongst the beautiful Argyll coastline, including guided journeys along the new 150km Argyll Sea Kayak Trail.
The Argyll and Bute coastline is a sea kayaking paradise, with crystal clear clean waters, and a myriad of sea and fresh water lochs. The beauty and variety of this inland and coastal scenery is truly impressive. Sea Kayak Argyll offers sea kayaking sessions for all abilities – from a half day taster session to a multi day sea kayak journey, from introductory coaching to more advanced qualifications. Equipment is provided based on a Tiderace sea kayak fleet.
In addition, Sea Kayak Argyll offers guided mountain walking, introduction to climbing, mountain biking and outdoors first aid training. For full details visit the website at http://www.cowalfest.org/
Cowalfest offers an unrivalled experience to explore the Cowal Peninsula. This hidden part of the Highlands is not far from any of Cooper Cottages self-catering holiday cottages and encompasses the Argyll Forest Park - now part of Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park. The western shore stretches from the Kyles of Bute to the head of Loch Fyne. At its centre is Loch Eck, gouged by glaciers, but today a place of stunning beauty and tranquillity. Choose from a list of over 80 different walks, cycling, riding, running and a host of arts and social events to make your autumn break this year something different.