The Cowal Peninsula, a land of beautiful Highland scenery, lies at the western gateway to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. A short boat ride will transport you across the seas to the tranquil Isle of Bute, a jewel in the treasure trove of Argyll & The Isles.
Getting active couldn’t be easier on the Cowal Peninsula, with Argyll Forest Park offering kayaking on the lochs and horse riding along waymarked trails. The Arrochar Alps are a real draw for serious walkers and hillrunners who particularly love the iconic shapes that include Ben Arthur, otherwise famed as the ‘Cobbler’.
Discover the Cowal Peninsula on foot by following the Cowal Way, a long stretch of 47 miles with glorious scenery, wildlife, standing stones and stone carvings.
Despite being just a short distance from the mainland, Bute offers the peace and tranquility of an island idyll. Palm trees, bistros and cafés line the waterfront of Rothesay while Ettrick Bay is fantastic place to spend a summer's day with the family.
Find out more about the island's heritage and attractions at the Discovery Centre which features an exciting interactive exhibition housed in the 1924 Winter Garden, a grand circular cast iron and glass structure that also contains a 90-seat cinema. Stroll around gorgeous gardens such as Ardencraig and Ascog Hall Fernery and Garden, take in the Victorian splendour of the Gothic mansion of Mount Stuart built by the 3rd Marquess of Bute, and explore the unique circular ruin of Rothesay Castle.
If you don't have time to walk the whole of the West Highland Way, why not try the shorter West Island Way on Bute? Spanning 26 miles of varied terrain ranging from headlands jutting out into the sea, gently undlating hills, glens and crystal-clear lochs, it's great way to explore the island.