The Cowal Hills around Benmore provide many interesting and varied hillwalks whatever the season, ranging from a few hours to a two or three day expedition. Our relatively steep and wild mountains are therefore excellent for both beginners and those with a bit more experience. The remote feel of the local hills contrasts with the popular and spectacular Arrochar Alps nearby, but both provide a real mountain experience.
Often part of the first night at Benmore is spent in the woods ‘jungle bashing’ or following an intricate ‘night-line’, with or without torches.
Several courses in the garden grounds and the surrounding forests are designed to provide practice in navigation, and give an introduction to a growing sport for those on mixed-activity courses. For those with previous experience and enthusiasm, or wanting a specialist orienteering course, there are many, excellently-mapped forests in the area. Competitive events and training can be staged to encourage running fitness and map technique, together with decision making and independence.