Immerse yourself in Cowal

The Cowal Peninsula is as beautiful as it is diverse, from the towering Munros of the north to the mellow scenery and sea lochs of the south. Paddle steamers used to bring throngs of Glaswegian holidaymakers ‘doon the watter’ to its shores.

Today you will find plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventures, including kayaking, sailing, quad biking, hiking and stunning views. 

Cowal’s major town, Dunoon, hosts the Cowal Highland Gathering, the biggest Highland Games in the UK and Europe that includes events such as the World Highland Dancing Championships.  Dunoon is also home to the outstanding Benmore Botanic Gardens.

Head south west and you’ll come to Argyll’s Secret Coast, an undiscovered area of sparkling sea lochs and picturesque villages. This is world-class sailing country.

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Everything there is to see and do in Dunoon and Cowal

About Argyll Walking Holidays

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

Enjoy high-quality, personal walking holidays and hiking tours in beautiful but undiscovered parts of Argyll and The Isles and beyond.

Ardentinny Beach and Forest Walks

Dunoon and Cowal

Beaches and islands

Ardentinny Beach is a lovely picnic spot, and popular with families. It's part of the Argyll Forest park, and there are some lovely easy trails, some which are suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.

Ardkinglas House & Gardens

Dunoon and Cowal

Landmarks and attractions

Ascog Castle

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

The ruined Ascog Castle, on the shores of Ascog Loch near Tighnabruaich in Argyll's Secret Coast, dates back to the 15th century.

Benmore Botanic Garden

Dunoon and Cowal

Gardens

Benmore with its magnificent mountainside setting is a joy to behold.

Bikepacking Wild About Argyll Trail

Dunoon and Cowal

Cycling and mountain biking

The Wild About Argyll Trail provides an amazing cycling adventure on gravel tracks, forest roads, singletrail, quiet roads and cycle paths to discover Scotland's Adventure Coast.

Castle House Museum

Dunoon and Cowal

History and heritage

Castle House Museum is an historic building set in gardens opposite Dunoon Pier.

Castle Lachlan

Dunoon and Cowal

Landmarks and attractions

Castle Lachlan lies on the eastern shore of Loch Fyne, near Newton.

Cormonachan Woodlands

Dunoon and Cowal

Wildlife and nature

This lovely woodland sit on the west shore of Loch Goil half way between Lochgoilhead and Carrick Castle in Argyll Forest Park.

Loch Lomond & Cowal Way

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

The Loch Lomond & Cowal Way, is one of Scotland’s Great Trails. It runs for 57 miles (92 km) across the Cowal Peninsula, starting at Portavadie on Loch Fyne and ending at Inveruglas on Loch Lomond shore.

The Majestic Line

Dunoon and Cowal

Sailing and boating

Over the past 15 years The Majestic Line has established small-ship cruising on the west coast of Scotland and are knowledgeable and passionate about the wonderful coastline and waters of Argyll and the Isles.

Ostel Bay

Dunoon and Cowal

Beaches and islands

This crescent-shaped sweep of sand is the jewel in the crown of Argyll’s Secret Coast.

DC Marine Boat Trips

Dunoon and Cowal

Tours, trips and trails

Join ex-naval commander Donald Clark on board his refurbished fishing boat Morag for spectacular views of Argyll’s Secret Coast from the sea.

Dunan’s Castle

Dunoon and Cowal

Landmarks and attractions

Dunans Castle sits at the head of Glendaruel. The seat of the Clan Fletcher, the historic structure was shown on maps as far back as 1590.

Dunoon to Portavadie Cycle

Dunoon and Cowal

Cycling and mountain biking

National Route 75 of the National Cycle Network connects Leith with Portavadie and Tarbert via Edinburgh, Glasgow and the ferries between Gourock and Dunoon.

Glen Donich Trail

Dunoon and Cowal

Cycling and mountain biking

The Glen Donich Trail is a 2.5 mile circular Forestry Commission route at Lochgoilhead.

Glenbranter Forest

Dunoon and Cowal

Wildlife and nature

Glenbranter Forest is part of the Argyll Forest Park, a magnificent stretch of rugged hill country

Gruffalo Trail

Dunoon and Cowal

Family activities

The Gruffalo Trail, set within Ardkinglas Woodland Garden, Cairndow, is fantastic fun for kids of all ages.

Puck’s Glen

Dunoon and Cowal

Wildlife and nature

Puck's Glen, just outside Dunoon, is a magical woodland world.

Quadmania

Dunoon and Cowal

Adventure

Quadmania is based on 2000 acres overlooking Loch Long, in a beautiful setting for 5-star activities to remember.

Kilmodan Stones

Dunoon and Cowal

Landmarks and attractions

Discover this group of fascinating historic west Highland carved grave slabs.

Kyles of Bute Golf Course

Dunoon and Cowal

Golf

The Kyles of Bute course offers truly panoramic views across the water to the Island of Bute.

Strachur Park

Dunoon and Cowal

Wildlife and nature

Strachur Park was originally laid out in 1789, and covers some four hundred acres of pasture broken up by stately avenues and stands of mature trees - mostly limes, beeches and Scots firs.

Forests and woodlands of Argyll

Dunoon and Cowal

Wildlife and nature

Follow this journey to discover some of Argyll’s finest forests and extraordinary ‘heritage trees’, including the tallest tree in the UK.

Five Ferries

Dunoon and Cowal

Tours, trips and trails

The Five Ferries is a unique circular route that takes in some of Argyll’s most stunning peninsulas and sea lochs, as well as the lovely Isle of Bute.

Cycle Cowal - a pedaller's paradise

Dunoon and Cowal

Cycling and mountain biking

Tighnabruaich Gallery

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

Tig Gallery is a fantastic art gallery sitting at the heart of the seaside village of Tighnabruaich on Argyll's Secret Coast.

Tom a'Chuig Trail

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

Tom a'Chuig Trail is a 3.5 mile Forestry Commission trail that has a bit of everything, magnificent views across the River Goil

Wilder Ways

Dunoon and Cowal

Horseriding

Wilder Ways offers a range of trail-riding experiences. There’s something for all level and ability of rider.

Tighnabruaich Sailing School

Dunoon and Cowal

Sailing and boating

Portavadie Spa & Leisure

Dunoon and Cowal

Sailing and boating

Ardlamont Loop Cycle

Dunoon and Cowal

Cycling and mountain biking

This ten-mile loop around Ardlamont on Argyll's Secret Coast is one all the family can tackle.

Portavadie & Ascog Loop Cycle

Dunoon and Cowal

Cycling and mountain biking

This cycle route near Portavadie may be short, but it’s a gem. It offers stunning scenery, epic views, a loch, a ruined castle and some great, but not too challenging, off-road riding.

The Bealach Maim Cycle

Dunoon and Cowal

Cycling and mountain biking

This circular ride may be only 30 miles in length but it's only one for fit cyclists. It includes the forebodingly named, frighteningly steep, and undeniably challenging Bealach Maim.

Tighnabruaich Back Road Walk

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

This is a short walk takes you high above Tighnabruaich along the Back Road and returns along the shorefront. It gives you amazing elevated views.

Carry Farm Shore Walk

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

This circular walk around Carry Point is a cracker, with magnificent views of Bute, Inchmarnock and Arran, a flock of Hebridean sheep and some fabulous wildlife.

Glenan Wood

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

Walk through Glenan Wood, a 146 hectares of ancient woodland on ‘Argyll’s Secret Coast’ on the Cowal Peninsula.

Kilfinan Community Forest

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

Kilfinan Community Forest is a wonderful woodland environment to explore, with a range of walks and wildlife to discover.

Millhouse to Ostel Bay Walk

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

This is a wonderful walk that will take you along forest track, rough woodland path and fields to beautiful Ostel Bay.

Rhubaan to Caladh Walk

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

This is a lovely, all-ability walk for the family. It’s part of the Loch Lomond and Cowal Way, a 57-mile long-distance walk which runs the length of the Cowal Peninsula.

Stillaig Loop Walk

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

This walk has got everything: stunning coastal views, wildlife, standing stones, a beach and loads of wide open space. What’s more, you’ll probably have it all to yourself.

Barr Nan Damh Walk

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

Barr Nan Damh is a little hump of a hill that rises up behind Glenan Wood near Portavadie. The walk up to the summit is short and steep but the panoramic pay-off makes it well worth the effort.

Kyles of Bute Golf Course Walks

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

There are several lovely walks that start at the Kyles of Bute Golf Course above Kames.

Glenan Bay

Dunoon and Cowal

Beaches and islands

Glenan Bay is a wild and rugged pebbled beach with magnificent views across Loch Fyne.

Otter Bay

Dunoon and Cowal

Beaches and islands

Otter Bay must have one of the finest views in the west. The huge Otter spit stretches right out into the loch and is always teeming with birdlife.

Colintraive Community Garden & Heritage Centre

Dunoon and Cowal

History and heritage

Kilfinan Parish Church

Dunoon and Cowal

History and heritage

Millhouse Gunpowder Works

Dunoon and Cowal

History and heritage

The village of Millhouse was home to a thriving gunpowder mill. Production at Millhouse started in 1839 and ran until 1921. At its peak, the Mill comprised around 40 buildings in total.

Sunsets on Argyll's Secret Coast

Dunoon and Cowal

Wildlife and nature

Sailing on Argyll's Secret Coast

Dunoon and Cowal

Sailing and boating

Scenery, wild life, protective hills, deep water, silent anchorages, relaxed tides, no crowds; Argyll’s Secret Coast is Scotland at its best and perfect for sailing.

Fly Fishing on The Ruel

Dunoon and Cowal

Fishing and country sports

The River Ruel, which flows through beautiful area of Glendaruel, provides wonderful salmon and seatrout fishing.

Kyles of Bute Angling Club

Dunoon and Cowal

Fishing and country sports

Fly fish for brown and rainbow trout on three stocked lochs set amidst wild and beautiful scenery near Tighnabruaich, Argyll. Fish on Ascog Loch and the Powder Dam Lochs. Visitor Permits are available daily, weekly and monthly from Kames Post Office, Royal and Lochan and Portavadie Marina.

Botanica at The Barn

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

Enjoy locally roasted coffee and the very best of local produce at this lovely rural cafe.

Portavadie Cafés & Restaurants

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

Eat at Kames Hotel

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

Eat at Kilfinan Hotel

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

Dine on good, honest food using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

The Oystercatcher

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

The Oystercatcher is a pub and restaurant on the east banks of Loch Fyne at Otter Ferry. The location is pretty unbeatable, as it sits right on the beach looking out over the loch.

Evanachan Farm

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

Pick up seasonal organic produce from Evanachan Farm, eggs, fresh flowers, jams, chutneys and Fi's cheese made with milk from her Jersey cows.

Kames Village Store

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

Kames Village Store is a traditional grocers based in the heart of Kames on Argyll’s Secret Coast.

Argyll Coffee Roasters

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

Shellfield Farm

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

Caladh Estate & Lily Pond

Dunoon and Cowal

History and heritage

Eilean Dearg

Dunoon and Cowal

History and heritage

Glenan Deserted Village

Dunoon and Cowal

History and heritage

Carry Farm

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Carry Farm sits in 60 acres of coastal wilderness on the Kyles of Bute about two miles south of Kames. It’s an idyllic spot for a self-catering holiday. You can also enjoy The dairy Gallery

Kames Hotel

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Kilfinan Hotel

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Portavadie, Loch Fyne

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Portavadie provides stunning four- and five-star holiday accommodation right on the banks of Loch Fyne.

Evanachan Cottage

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Tregortha B & B

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Tregortha is a traditional stone-built Victorian villa from the 19th century in the village of Tighnabruaich.

Acharossan House

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

This beautifully renovated 18th-century Georgian laird’s house provides luxury self-catering accommodation for eleven.

Allt Beag

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Set on a hillside in the seaside village of Tighnabruaich, Argyll, it’s an elegant, detached self-catering holiday house that sleeps eight.

Ardlamont House

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Craigard Cottage

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Argyll Self Catering Holidays

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Argyll Self-Catering Holidays hand picks the best holiday cottages across Argyll.

Home Farm Cottages

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

The seven pretty holiday cottages at Home Farm at Glendaruel sit in the peaceful wooded valley of the River Ruel.

Douglas Park Guest House

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

This elegant Victorian Villa has a perfect position on the seafront in the village of Kirn only one mile from Dunoon town centre.

The Snug

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Heathfield Villa

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Walkers Home & Garden Centre

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

Strone Inn

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

SGE Argyll Hotel

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Abbots Brae Hotel

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Romantically secluded accommodation set in the tranquil seaside village of Dunoon.

Rosscairn Guest House

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Feorag Lodge

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

The Creggans Inn

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

The Whistlefield Inn

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

Sea Drift Pottery Studio

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

Sea Drift Pottery is a pottery workshop situated at the back of the Holy Loch Marina in Sandbank, near Dunoon. The ceramic pieces are handmade using a potters wheel and sold both locally and throughout Scotland in various galleries.

Benmore Café and Shop

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

Golf in Dunoon

Dunoon and Cowal

Golf

The 51st State Bar & Grill and La Cantina

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

Wreckspeditions Dive Charters Ltd

Dunoon and Cowal

Watersports and diving

Fancy taking a powerboat ride on the Clyde or scuba diving some of the oldest shipwrecks in Scotland? Wreckspeditions offer several RIB ride options including trips to the famous Sugar Wreck.

Blairmore Gallery

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

Sells locally made, Scottish art and handmade crafts as well as homemade soup and scones.

Holy Loch Marina

Dunoon and Cowal

Sailing and boating

Thistle Guest House

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Undercliff B&B

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Castle Lachlan Self Catering

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Ardentinny to Carrick Castle Walk

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

Steeple Hill from Lochgoilhead Walk

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

Beinn Ruadh Hill Walk

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

Drimsynie Circular Walk

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

The Donich Falls Circular Walk

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

Ben Donich Hill Walk

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

Beinn Mhor Hill Walk

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

Toward Walks

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

Argyll Forest Park

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

Kilmun Arboretum

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking and climbing

Go Active Hunters Quay

Dunoon and Cowal

Adventure

Dunoon Burgh Hall

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

Auchinbreck Farm

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

We are a small family business dedicated to the survival of rare breed pigs, sheep and goats. All of our animals are out door bred or free range and fed the highest quality food. We supply quality restaurants in Argyll with free range pork - from whole pigs to pork belly & trotters.

Winston Churchill Venison

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

A very small, family run business that takes great pride in all that they do. Located in an Argyllshire forest, very near to Dunoon with breath taking views into Glen Kin and Kilmun hills across the Holy Loch.

Blairmore Gallery and Coffee Shop

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

Blairmore Gallery and coffee shop sells locally made, Scottish art and handmade crafts as well as homemade soup and scones.

Holy Loch Pottery

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

Historic Kilmun

Dunoon and Cowal

History and heritage

The Argyll Mausoelum is located adjacent to Kilmun Church in the village of Kilmun, Argyll, Scotland on the shores of the Holy Loch. The history of Scotland has been associated with this area for thousands of years.

Caol Ruadh, Scotland’s Sculpture Park

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

Scottish Sculpture Park at Caol Ruadh (pronounced ‘col ru’) tucked away on the Kyles of Bute on Argyll’s secret coast, is a unique outdoor gallery promoting and selling contemporary sculpture created in Scotland.

Cedarbank Studio

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

Living by the Scottish National Park, influenced by the ever-changing weather, surrounded by rugged coastlines and overlooking the sea; Cedarbank Studio produces pieces which shout about everything that is special in this corner of the world.

David Atherton

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

Following training in Manchester and London I have been employed within the field of arts and education for over 35 years, continually exhibiting work and participating in residencies worldwide.

Frank and Anne Stephenson

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

My fully integrated glass studio was formerly the coach house stables. I work with all aspects of fused and stained glass.

Fyne Wood

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

At Fynewood, starting with locally sourced trees and using our sawmill, we produce timber for local sale and use in our creations: furniture, log structures, home accessories, gifts, signs and the amazing unique World Woods Library.

Guy Elder

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

Exploring the Soul and Strength of Wood, creating one of a kind unique sculptures and structures in Scottish hard woods.

Juno Design Gallery

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

Visit us in Dunoon, on the beautiful Cowal Peninsula. Enjoy our pleasant surroundings where you will find our extensive range of gifts, jewellery, crafts, paintings & prints, many of which are made in Scotland.

Queens Hall Dunoon

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

A newly refurbished multipurpose building boasts our main event hall which can hold numbers up to 1000 standing, 700 seated and standing and up to 500 seated for concerts and other varied events. Weddings and private parties can also be arranged on request.

Kilmodan Sculptured Stones

Dunoon and Cowal

History and heritage

The Kilmodan Sculptured Stones comprise nine late-medieval West Highland grave slabs and one post-Reformation grave slab from 1636. An 11th stone was believed to be the head of the medieval Cross of Garvie, but is now thought to be a stone pillar worn to its present shape by its use as a tethering post.

Orains

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

Orains is the art and design partnership between Pieter van der Werf and Fiona Page. We create textile art made by hand with Scottish wool and natural dyes only on the shores of the Kyles of Bute NSA.

Sea Drift Pottery

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

Sea Drift Pottery is a small pottery workshop hidden away in the Holy Loch Marina. Small batches of ceramics are made to order on the pottery wheel and are decorated with layers of coloured clays and glazes to evoke the surrounding shorelines and hillsides. These ceramics are mostly sent out to galleries and shops in Argyll and beyond but there is a selection of work to view and buy at the studio.

Seatree

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

We create from clay and driftwood, with our own poetry, simple beautiful things inspired by the landscapes, light and life in Argyll. You are welcome to visit or take part in a pottery workshop.

Stewart Craig Photography

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

Turmeau Jewellery

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

I make one off, hand crafted Sterling silver jewellery with various gemstones, from diamonds to agates. Mostly commissions work these days but have jewellery at a few select places in Cowal. I offer 1 day workshops, come and make yourself a wee piece of silver jewellery, with my help. Im fast approaching a 1/2 century on this planet, live in beautiful Cowal and have a husband and 2 dogs. If my A frame is outside Im in! Or a quick phone call to check.

Woollyhatz

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

Machine knitted and hand crocheted hats and accessories made in Scotland

Kenneth Steven

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

Kenneth Steven is the son of writing parents. He grew up in Highland Perthshire in the heart of Scotland, and now lives in Argyll on the country’s west coast; it’s these landscapes that have inspired the lion’s share of both his poetry and prose.

Bill Williamson

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

Glenfinart Walled Garden

Dunoon and Cowal

Gardens

Strachur Smiddy and Craftshop

Dunoon and Cowal

History and heritage

Strachur Smiddy is probably unique in two respects at least. Firstly, for most of its operational life, it was in the hands of the Montgomery family, spanning four generations of village blacksmiths. Secondly, the contents have remained virtually untouched since the day of closure, thus providing a unique record of the technology of the blacksmith and his craft.

Fairy Trail

Dunoon and Cowal

Wildlife and nature

The Fairy trail is a new feature at the Ardkinglas Estate, where elves and fairies have decided to make their home. It is fantastic fun for kids of all ages.

Dunoon and District Angling Club

Dunoon and Cowal

Fishing and country sports

Forest Holidays, Ardgartan, Argyll

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

The Butler's Quarters

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Self catering apartment within the Ardkinglas Estate

Kyles 10 Miles

Dunoon and Cowal

Cowal Highland Gathering

Dunoon and Cowal

Scottish Series

Kintyre and Gigha

The Scottish Series is a fantastic weekend of yacht racing in Tarbert, Loch Fyne, Argyll.

Scapa Fest

Dunoon and Cowal

Portavadie Festive Market

Dunoon and Cowal

Kames Christmas Producers' Market

Dunoon and Cowal

Dunoon Dazzles

Dunoon and Cowal

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