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Paths & Access
A New Community Funded Path from Blairmore to Gairletter
A very important link path was inaugurated on the last Saturday of the 2010 Cowal Walking Festival ten day event .
The path between Blairmore Farm and Gairletter links the Benmore and Kilmun forest path network to Ardentinny and beyond to Whistlefield or Carrick and has been an ambition of Benmore & Kilmun Community Development Trust for some years and has been taken forward by the Paths and Access sub group led by Dinah MacDonald. Funding for the path came from Scottish Natural Heritage, Argyll & Islands Leader, the National Park and Benmore & Kilmun Development Trust. Ten walkers took part in the inaugural walk which was led by Jim Downie, National Park Ranger, leaving Blairmore Village and walking Blairmore High Road past the rear of the former very important Victorian homes, on past Blairmore Farm with lovely scenic views of Waverley on her last voyage this season to Arrochar having uplifted 130 passengers at Blairmore Pier which brought the passengers on board up to 640 enjoying a beautiful October trip. On through the forest and down to Gairletter and return by mini bus to Gallimaufry in Blairmore for delicious coffee and cakes
The path runs behind Blairmore Farm and was installed with the kind permission of landowner, Ian McArthur. The path crosses farmland, open hillside and forest and has magnificent views of Loch Long.
Now that the path is complete, that means that you can now cycle or walk from Kilmun and Strone to Glenbranter, to join the Cowal Way or venture to Ardentinny and Lochgoil without needing to use the shore road.
To find out more about Cowalfest, visit the website www.cowalfest.org or catch up on the information on the latest walks at Seasons Coffee House, Alexandra Parade. The Cowal East Paths Group is always looking for new members. If you would like to be involved in improving paths and access in East Cowal, why not join? Contact Dinah (01369 706591) for more details.