Immerse yourself in Dunoon and 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, from kayaking to quad biking. 

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 & 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

Dunoon and Cowal

Landmarks and attractions

Argyll Cruising

Dunoon and Cowal

Sailing, boating and watersports

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

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 & 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

Activities and adventure

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

Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park

Dunoon and Cowal

Music, art and culture

This outdoor gallery is tucked away on the Kyles of Bute on Argyll’s Secret Coast.

Castle House Museum

Dunoon and Cowal

Landmarks and attractions

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

Nature and outdoors

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

Cowal Way

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking & Climbing

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

The Majestic Line

Dunoon and Cowal

Sailing, boating and watersports

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

Sailing, boating and watersports

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 & 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 Nant Woodlands National Nature Reserve

Dunoon and Cowal

Nature and outdoors

This rich woodland of native trees blankets the slopes of Glen Nant near Taynuilt.

Glenbranter Forest

Dunoon and Cowal

Nature and outdoors

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

Gruffalo Trail

Dunoon and Cowal

Walking & Climbing

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

Puck’s Glen

Dunoon and Cowal

Nature and outdoors

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

Quadmania

Dunoon and Cowal

Activities and 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

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

Strachur Park

Dunoon and Cowal

Nature and outdoors

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

Nature and outdoors

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

Cowal Food Journey

Dunoon and Cowal

Food and drink

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

Five Ferries

Dunoon and Cowal

Sailing, boating and watersports

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 & Mountain Biking

Sea Kayak Argyll

Dunoon and Cowal

Sailing, boating and watersports

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 & 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

Tours, trips and trails

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, boating and watersports

Portavadie, Loch Fyne

Dunoon and Cowal

Sailing, boating and watersports

Dunoon Ultra Marathon

Dunoon and Cowal

Cowal Open Studios

Dunoon and Cowal

Kyles 10 Miles

Dunoon and Cowal

Cowal Highland Gathering

Dunoon and Cowal

Dunoon Dazzles

Dunoon and Cowal

CowalFest

Dunoon and Cowal

Sunset Ceremony

Dunoon and Cowal

Dunoon Revival Weekender

Dunoon and Cowal

Dunoon Half Marathon and 10K

Dunoon and Cowal

Royal National MOD

Dunoon and Cowal

Scottish Enduro Series

Dunoon and Cowal

Scottish Championships - Cross Country MTB Series

Dunoon and Cowal

Wild About Argyll Food & Drink Festival

Coll and Tiree

Family friendly event with plenty to eat, drink and do. Discover how you can get Wild About Argyll!