22 mile circular walk or cycle
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A great trail giving a scenic tour of Loch Eck. Ground covered is mostly on wide forestry roads, there is a section of hardcore hill path above Inverchapel.
We walked from Benmore Gardens in a clockwise direction. Heading up the West side to Glenbranter then returning down the East side via Invernoden and Inverchapel. I know some people prefer to walk anti-clockwise.
The West side offers mostly Loch level walking, with a slight climb at the North end. Of course, what goes up must come down. The East side gives the chances if some fantastic elevated view points, so some bigger climbs on this side…..but worth it.
First views of Loch Eck on a cold sleety day. Will need to get some better pictures next time I’m out
A few points of interest on the West side.
– Small burial ground/cemetery.
– Bernice farmhouse, used as outdoor centre.
– Stuck Farmhouse ruin.
Once at Glenbanter there’s a short section of main road heading South before turning off at Invernoaden forestry road. As we climbed the weather turned a tad more wintery!!!
A great walk or cycle in one of my favourite areas in cowal.
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Downloaded an app for my iPhone and thought I’d give it a trial over 3 miles on Loch Eck.
quick paddle on Loch Eck
A one night stay on the shore of Loch Eck
A 5km walk from Benmore Gardens car park get you to this great wee spot. Also accessible by bike or landing on the beach with your kayak/canoe.
In no time the tents were up and the scavenge for wood begun.
Fire lit, it was time to savour the luxury item. To save weight on the return journey we made sure it was empty.
Banter,BBQ and a roaring fire…..that’s what it’s all about.
A wee hill Bothy located……….ah, that would be telling,ha!! Enough to keep the worst of the weather off however not ideal for an overnight stay. Could do with some TLC but its full of character(s).
An overnight stay on a clear calm Kilbride Hill
A short walk from Dunoon can provide some great views over the Firth of Clyde and surrounding area. We chose Kilbride Hill due to it close yet remote location. A plateau at the summit provides a great location to pitch a tent/bivi/shelter.
View from the Summit 396mts…..
The night drawing in……
The now demolished Inverkip Chimney in the distance
Stunning Sky looking North
Home for the night
Rising with the Sun…..
National grid reference NS14158694 Loch Eck is a loch located on the Cowal peninsula, north of Dunoon, Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It is seven miles long. Apart from Loch Lomond, it is the only naturally occurring habitat of the powan.
Plenty of scope for camping on the West side. Reached by walking or cycling on the forestry road that runs parallel. Also ideal for landing on one of the beaches with your Kayak or Canoe
With lots to see and do…..go explore!
From the Lochs to the Hills, the choice is endless.