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Guided Walking Weekends in Scotland - Summer 2021

Guided Walking Weekends in Scotland - Summer 2021

Summer 2021 guided walking weekends on Scotland’s recently revived St Munn’s Way. 3 nights fully-catered luxury accommodation in a delightful private mansion house on the Clyde estuary, 2 full-day guided walks and fascinating talks from local experts

Overview

The Cowal Pilgrim Way is located in Argyllshire on the Clyde estuary. This beautiful landscape of hills, glens and sea lochs is one of the most accessible parts of the Scottish Highlands. Cowal is a lush landscape of lonely hills, glens and crystal clear sea lochs. The parish of Kilmun is our location for the weekend and the start point of the 80 mile St Munn's Way. The prefix "Kil" in Scots means "Saint", hence the parish of Kilmun.

The west coast of Scotland was the arrival place of many Irish Saints, including Ninian, Columba and Munnu who founded communities and brought Christianity to Scotland. Cowal has some of the earliest signs of Christianity in the Gaelic world, thought to even pre-date St Columba's 6th Century monastery on the Isle of Iona. Kilmun became the major church of the area, as well as the burial-place of the Campbell Dukes and Earls, and established a collegiate church served by a community of priests. It is probably the cult of St Munnu at this place that gave rise to the name Holy Loch on which the church stands. The mausoleum of Clan Campbell still stands on the site of the church.

This is a 3-night all-inclusive break, designed to give you a taster of one of Scotland's recently revived ancient pilgrim ways. Accommodation is in a delightful private mansion house overlooking the Clyde estuary. This small group weekend break for 14 guests, with 3 nights in fully-catered luxury accommodation, featuring 2 full-day guided walks on St Munn's Way and three fascinating talks from local experts.

Kilmun Church & Clan Campbell MausoleumKilmun Church & Clan Campbell Mausoleum© subtlesensor 2020

Itinerary

Cowal Peninsula Pilgrim RoutesCowal Peninsula Pilgrim Routes© subtlesensor

  • Friday Afternoon Arrival
  • Welcome to Strone House from 3pm
  • Afternoon tea and orientation
  • Expert talk - Scottish Pilgrim Ways Revival
  • Dinner
  • Saturday - full day walk from Strone via Kilmun to Ardnadam
  • Mid-morning guided tour of Kilmun Church
  • Picnic Lunch
  • Shuttle return to Strone House
  • Expert talk - Benmore Botanic Garden
  • Dinner
  • Sunday - full day walk from Strone House to Carrick Castle
  • Picnic Lunch
  • Shuttle return to Strone House
  • Expert talk - the maritime history of the River Clyde
  • Dinner
  • Monday - departure day and optional visit to Benmore Botanic Gardens

Holy Loch from Benmore, Cowal PeninsulaHoly Loch from Benmore, Cowal Peninsula

Highlights

A Warm Welcome and Hospitality

Our hospitality team will be on hand to assist you during your stay. Dinner will be served in the dining room and on one evening a barbecue chef will prepare a summer evening outdoor feast. Afternoon tea will be served in the drawing-room each day.

We are delighted that Dan Romani is personally guiding both walks. Dan is at the heart of the Cowal Pilgrim Way project, having personally explored, mapped and developed the full 80-mile pilgrimage route.

Each evening there will be an informal talk from local experts who will share their knowledge and connections with the area. Discover more about the ongoing project to revive 15 Scottish Pilgrim Routes. The Clyde was once the busiest shipping route in the world, hear tales from centuries of shipping and wrecks. Benmore Botanic Garden is a magnificent mountainside garden and home to a world-famous collection of exotic plants from the Orient, the Himalaya and the Americas. You may like to visit the garden before you leave the area.

Enjoy traditional Scottish hospitality at Strone HouseEnjoy traditional Scottish hospitality at Strone House© L Grogans

Food & Drink

The weekend is fully catered by local chefs using the wonderful local produce of the west coast. Our menus include beef, lamb and venison, fish and seafood and Scottish cheeses. We cater for those with dietary restrictions too.

Breakfast on three mornings

Packed lunches for the guided walks

Dinner on three evenings including a gourmet barbecue

Afternoon tea on three days

Honesty bar provided

Strone House Dining RoomStrone House Dining Room© L Grogans

Accommodation

The beautifully appointed Strone House will be your home for 3 nights and is exclusively for the use of our weekend party. We have 5 luxury double ensuite rooms and 2 luxury king-sized twin ensuite rooms and can accommodate 14 guests.

The house has spacious rooms all tastefully furnished, wonderful sea views, spacious drawing room, large kitchen, formal dining room, games room, outdoor area with terrace, lawns and pixie house.

Beautifully Appointed RoomsBeautifully Appointed Rooms© L Grogans

Strone HouseStrone House© L Grogans

About Us

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Milngavie
Glasgow
G62 7PB
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United Kingdom

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