Immerse yourself in Argyll's Secret Coast

At the south-west corner of Cowal you’ll come to Argyll’s Secret Coast, an undiscovered area of sparkling sea lochs and ancient forests. Discover fabulous seafood, welcoming pubs, a wide range of holiday accommodation, a vibrant arts scene, breathtaking scenery, ancient sites and loads of outdoor activities. 

This is a world-class sailing country, with islands, natural harbours, sheltered beaches, anchorages, and shoreside facilities. There’s also excellent walking, cycling, and kayaking on offer. Make sure you visit Ostel Bay, a stunning white sandy beach. 

 

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There's something about Cowal

Robin McKelvie, Award-winning Travel Writer & Broadcaster says there's something about Cowal, whilst giving us insight into what makes Cowal so wonderful to visit all year round. Is it the Unique art of the Ark or is it the beautiful Cowal landscape, which makes Cowal a must-visit destination?

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Planning your journey

Travel to and from Cowal by bus or car via the A82 along Loch Lomondside and then the A83 over the Rest and Be Thankful, turning south onto the A815 shortly before Cairndow – or by ferry across The Firth of Clyde from Gourock.

A passenger ferry operated by Argyll Ferries links the train station and the car ferry operated by Western Ferries runs from McInroys Point to Hunter’s Quay.

Alternatively, you can take the ferry from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay on the Isle of Bute,
then across to Cowal at the north of the island on the Rhubodach to Colintraive ferry.