Inveraray walks - Our three favourite feel-good Inveraray walks with stunning views

Our three favourite feel-good Inveraray walks

When we’re not making organic skincare or running our wee Inveraray shop, there’s nothing we love more than a walk. We may stay close to town on a peaceful forest trail or lochside walk, or head into the nearby mountain range for a more gruelling challenge – it all depends how energetic we’re feeling! Whatever route we choose, Inveraray’s mix of natural beauty and historic sites always makes it a beautiful and interesting place to hike. So, pull on your walking boots, fill that flask with tea and get yourself out to see what Inveraray has to offer.

Here are three of our favourite Inveraray walks for you to explore:

The Inveraray forest circuit (easy)

This is a marvellous circular walking trail that starts and ends in Inveraray’s town centre and takes you past many of Inveraray’s main sites of interest. You start off at the car park (just off the main street), with beautiful views of Loch Fyne and the historic Dùn na Cuaiche tower. The walk then takes you up past Inveraray Castle before heading through an idyllic riverside forest track with waterfalls, via some lovely ornate bridges. As you walk uphill you get views of Loch Fyne, and on your way back down you walk through peaceful woodland. On your return journey you can head straight back or walk via the historic Inveraray Jail.

Here’s the walking route we recommend you use:

Once you’re back, you have Inveraray town centre to explore! We recommend our neighbours at The Chocolate Box for some delicious sweets. Or The George if you’re looking for a great place to eat with a focus on local produce. And of course we’ll be delighted if you pop in to see us and our organic skincare – we’re just at the top of Main Street West.

Dun Na Cuaiche woodland walk (fairly easy)

Dun Na Cuaiche is a hill and monument overlooking Inveraray. It is a wonderful walk if you’d like to get your body moving, get some height and enjoy uninterrupted views of Loch Fyne, Inveraray town and the castle. You’ll want appropriate footwear as this is a fairly steep climb via forest tracks. But, we promise, it’s well worth it! The climb always gets our blood flowing and we find walking through the aromatic woodland incredibly relaxing. As Inveraray walks go, this is one of the best short routes – it’s about 3 miles and should take you between 1.5 and 2.5 hours. Be sure to give us a wave when you get to the top…

Here’s the walking route we recommend you use:

The Cobbler, Arrochar Alps (moderate)

Here’s one for the adventurers among you…

Just outside of Inveraray, you’ll find the Arrochar Alps mountain range – a group of 5 Munros and other peaks, including the famous Cobbler (also known as Ben Arthur). The Cobbler is a challenging but immensely rewarding walk, with spectacular views of Loch Long, Loch Fyne and the rest of the mountain range from the top. It generally takes 4-6 hours up and down – we took the full 6, of course! It is well worth the effort. We recommend starting early if the weather is hot, as the final climb up the ‘staircase’ or the more challenging ‘scramble’ is a real sting in the tail at the end of a long and gradual climb up the range.

Here’s the walking guide we recommend you use:

We hope you enjoy these three Inveraray walks as much as we do, and feel good for getting outside and hiking in nature. Just to remind you, the weather here on the West Coast of Scotland can be changeable, so be sure to pack your waterproof! You’ll also want plenty of water and healthy snacks to keep you hydrated and fuelled. And, if it’s summer, don’t forget your midge spray. You can get some at Purdie’s if you don’t have any.

Want to pick up some organic, cruelty-free skincare while you’re in Inveraray? Come visit us.

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