The Royal an Lochan

Walking & Climbing

The Royal an Lochan is ideally situated for those wishing to walk and climb in the Cowal Peninsula and Argyll. Hills, forest and coastline on the doorstep or within easy reach. Here are some suggestions for some great outdoor adventures.

The Cowal Way

The Cowal Way runs right past us and there are two sections that you can try from the hotel.

Tighnabruaich to Portavadie – 6 Miles (10 Km) undulating trails and stunning views.
Tighnabruaich to Glendaruel – 11 Miles (18 Km) gentle walking through varied scenery.

Find out more about The Cowal Way

Munros

The Munros are distinct Scottish mountain summits over 914.4 m (3000 ft).

There are 282 Munros in Scotland with 19 of these rising in Argyll – the highest being the beautiful Ben Lui at 1130 m (3707 ft).

Most of the Argyll Munros are within a scenic 1.5 to 2 hour drive from the hotel, including Ben Lui and Ben Cruachan.

Find out more about Munros in Argyll.

Corbetts

The Corbetts are distinct peaks in Scotland that are between 762.0 and 914.4 m (2500 & 3000 ft)

There are 13 Corbetts in Argyll and most are within an easy 1 to 2 hour drive from the hotel.
Find out more about Corbetts in Argyll.

Cowalfest

Cowalfest is a10-day walking festival during October and is one of the largest and most varied walking festivals in Scotland, with more than 60 walks led by knowledgeable walk leaders.

You’re bound to find a walk suitable for your age and ability and there are walks that 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 to tackle The Cowal Way over 6 days.

See the Cowalfest website for more information.

Coastal and Forest Walks

Tighnabruaich has its own coastline and hilly backdrop and the Tighnabruaich Loop is an excellent family walk that leads you up above the village, with wonderful views of the Kyles, and then takes you back along the shore. You can start and finish the walk directly at the hotel, heading towards the boatyard at Rhubbann.
Find out more about walks in the Tighnabruaich area

Ostel Bay (Kilbride Bay) offers a pristine beach within easy reach of the hotel. It’s only a short distance by car and then a short walk to the secluded dunes with a great views over the the Island of Arran.
More information about Ostel Bay (Kilbride Bay).

Tighnabruaich is on the the edge of the Argyll Forest park. Established in 1935 this is Britain’s oldest forest park and offers amazing forest walks suitable for all ages and abilities.
See more about Argyll Forest walks.

Benmore Guided Tours & Explorer

Benmore Gardens run guided tours starting in March and run through to the end of October so why not join a tour and take in the history, plants and seasonal highlights of Benmore.

Walking tours run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while the Benmore Explorer Tour runs on Wednesdays and Thursdays taking a limited number of people around the gardens on a people carrier which is ideal for those with mobility restrictions.

More information about Benmore Gardens.

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