Discover 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 won’t find any crowds, but you will find plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventures, including kayaking, Sailing, quad biking, hiking and stunning views. 

Cowal’s only major town, Dunoon, hosts the Cowal Highland Gathering, the biggest Highland Games in the world, and is 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

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

Argyll Cruising

Dunoon and Cowal

Tours, trips and trails

Relax, kick back and enjoy the sights and sounds of a cruise with Argyll Cruising.

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.

Blairmore and Strone Golf Club

Dunoon and Cowal

Golf

Set above the Clyde with breath-taking views of Loch Long, Holy Loch and the Firth of Clyde, this is a stunning course.

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

Tours, trips and trails

The Majestic Line is a family-owned small boat cruising business based in Holy Loch, near Dunoon with four vessels.

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.

Strachur Smiddy and Craftshop

Dunoon and Cowal

History and heritage

The Smiddy has a long history. The first recorded reference to it was in 1791, and it continued to perform a vital function in the social and economic life of the local community until it closed in the mid-1950s.

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.

Cowal Food Trail Argyll

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

For anyone who is passionate about food, Cowal offers the best of fresh, local Argyll produce. Follow this trail to discover a feast of great food and drink.

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

Sea Kayak Argyll

Dunoon and Cowal

Kayaking and canoeing

Sea Kayak Argyll offers sea kayaking sessions for all abilities - from a half-day taster session to a multi-day sea kayak journey, introductory coaching to more advanced qualifications.

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.

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.

Eco Nature Holidays

Dunoon and Cowal

Wildlife and nature

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

Food and drink

Rio Ristorante

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

SGE Esplanade 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

Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

The Creggans Inn

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

Bay House Hotel

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Whistlefield Inn

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

Sea Drift Pottery Studio

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

Benmore Café and Shop

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

Cowal Golf Club

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

Blairmore Gallery

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

Holy Loch Marina

Dunoon and Cowal

Sailing and boating

Thistle Guest House

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Undercliff B&B

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

St Munns Old Manse B&B

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Duncreggan House B&B

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Castle Lachlan Self Catering

Dunoon and Cowal

Accommodation

Taynuilt Cottage in Toward

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

Burgh Hall Dunoon

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

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

Dunoon Ultra Marathon

Dunoon and Cowal

Cowal Open Studios

Dunoon and Cowal

Kyles 10 Miles

Dunoon and Cowal

Cowal Highland Gathering

Dunoon and Cowal

FyneFest

Dunoon and Cowal

Scottish Series

Kintyre and Gigha

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

Kames Christmas Producers' Market

Dunoon and Cowal

Dunoon Dazzles

Dunoon and Cowal

Sunset Ceremony

Dunoon and Cowal

Dunoon Revival Weekender

Dunoon and Cowal

Dunoon Half Marathon and 10K

Dunoon and Cowal

Dunoon Triathlon

Dunoon and Cowal

Kames Summer Producers' Market

Dunoon and Cowal

Kames Autumn Producers' Market

Dunoon and Cowal

Kames May Producers' Market

Dunoon and Cowal

Big Family Cycle

Dunoon and Cowal

Argyll Rally, Dunoon

Dunoon and Cowal

Dunoon Outdoors Festival

Dunoon and Cowal

DigiFest Dunoon

Dunoon and Cowal

Colintraive Village Fete

Dunoon and Cowal

Tighnabruaich RNLI Day

Dunoon and Cowal

RNLI May Day Otter Ferry

Dunoon and Cowal

Tighnabruaich Pier Gala Day

Dunoon and Cowal