Walks in Strachur and District

Old Castle Lachlan

Park by Inver Cottage (an excellent place to eat before or after) and read the information board. Follow a track between the restaurant and the river to a footbridge. Walk around the bay to the castle. Enough remains to get a good idea of the scale of the original structure. If time permits continue around the coast to the remains of Kilbride's Chapel. With transport left at both ends, the walk can be continued to Newton passing a walled enclosure thought to be used to house plague victims.

Lochan on the Strachur House estate

Strachur House

The grounds of Strachur House are open to walkers. A leaflet is available from the Smiddy Museum. Of particular interest is the brilliant autumn colour around the lake and the views from the television mast. Winter sunsets from the latter are unsurpassed.

Cairn at plane crash siteCrash Site

An American Super Constellation crashed on the slopes of Beinn Tharsuinn in 1946 killing all on board. Some of the artifacts were removed and are on display in a museum in Dumfries but much of interest still remains. Take the Succoth road out of Strachur. After the farm go through a gate into the forest. Carry straight on on the forest road which climbs steeply and then contours around a couple of glens. At the end of the road the crash site can be seen slightly to the right about 300m across the open moor. A shortcut return is to drop down into the glen and pick up a second forest road back to the gate. In the stalking season clearance should be obtained from the Tillhill office in Dunoon.


Several waymarked walks start from the Forest Enterprise carpark in Glenbranter. These are in the woodlands of the former Glenbranter House, once the home of Sir Harry Lauder.
Gleneck Walk - 2.75 km, 1-2 hours, easy:
This waymarked trail climbs high above Glenbranter through native forest, giving aerial views over the glen and away to the head of Loch Eck.
Waymarked forestry paths; the walk includes a sustained steep ascent with some steps.
For a detailed description of the walk go to www.walkhighlands.co.uk/argyll/gleneck.shtml
Lauder Walk - 3.5 km, 1-2 hours, easy:
This excellent forestry walk visits the impressive Allt Robuic gorge and its waterfalls. It is known as the Lauder walk after Sir Harry Lauder, a famous music hall star from the first half of the twentieth century and a former owner of the Glenbranter estate.
Waymarked forestry paths with some ascent.
For a detailed description of the walk go to www.walkhighlands.co.uk/argyll/lauder-walk.shtml

Fairy Knowe

This plug from an extinct volcano is a landmark from many areas of Upper Loch Fyne. Park on the entrance to the forest road 2 miles south of Strachur Bay on the A886. Follow the forest road to its end and then turn left up the side of a small burn until you get above the forest. The summit is easily reached from the south side. Extensive views from the top include the peaks of Arran, the Paps of Jura, Cruachan, Beinn Bhuidhe, Inveraray and Loch Fyne.

Cowal Way

The Cowal Way runs for the length of the Cowal peninsula. It begins at Portavadie in the southwest, where the ferry runs from Tarbert in Kintyre, and includes forests, waterfalls, the shore of sea-lochs and hill-passes along the way to end at Ardgartan on the fringe of the Arrochar Alps. It passes through Strachur.
78 km, 6 stages. Very varied. Some sections are rough or cross pathless hill passes, whilst other sections follow good waymarked paths or minor roads.
For a detailed description of the walk go to www.cowalway.co.uk


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