Dunoon & Cowal

Scotland's Adventure Coast

Dunoon and the Cowal peninsula is as beautiful as it is diverse, from the towering mountains in the north to the mellow scenery and sea lochs of the south. Catch a boat trip from a variety of destinations in Cowal on one of the last sea-going paddle steamers in the world.

Cowal’s major town, Dunoon is a wonderful destination for both weekend breaks and longer vacations. It also plays host to the Cowal Highland Gathering, one of the biggest Highland Games in the UK, and host of the World Highland Dancing Championships, CowalFest, an annual walking festival, plus a mix of sports, music and family focussed events, reflecting the broad appeal and the beautiful surrounding countryside 

Cowal's 'Secret Coast' has sparkling sea lochs and picturesque villages. Here you can enjoy some world-class sailing experiences and world-class food and drink.

Gaelic in Scotland

The indigenous language of Argyll contains a great richness of expression.  Here we have shared a phrase from local Gaelic poetry about the Cowal peninsula.

Donnchamh MacMhuirich

Bha pìobairean am pàilteas ann (There were pipers in plenty there)

’S bu taitneach leinn an ceòl (And pleasant to us was the music)

Ann an éideamh fasanta (In fashionable uniform)

Mar chleachd bhith ann an Comhall (As used to be in Cowal)

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CHARTS (Culture Heritage & Arts Assembly, Argyll & Isles)

CHARTS is a growing network of artists, makers, producers and spaces, who value creativity and the impact it has on individuals, communities and visitors to...

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120 George Street
Oban
PA34 5NT

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Ardkinglas House

Situated on the shores of Loch Fyne in Argyll, against a spectacular background of mountain and forest, Ardkinglas Estate covers about 4800 hectares. Ardking...

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Cairndow
Argyll
PA26 8BN

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Holiday Cottages West Coast - The Cottage

The Cottage is situated on the shores of Loch Fyne and is just steps from the water, sit at the window and look out on the ever-changing loch. You might spot...

Leachd
Argyll
PA27 8DA

Tel: 07585709992

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Live Argyll - Queen’s Hall, Dunoon

A multipurpose building boasting a main event hall for concerts, an extensive library with incredible views, children’s soft play area, gym and fitness studi...

Queen’s Hall
9 Argyll Street
Dunoon
Argyll
PA23 7HH

Tel: 01369 800500

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Ballochyle Cottage

Pet friendly Ballochyle Cottage sleeps up to 10 guests and is ideal for families and groups of friends. Located in a quiet private estate, this spacious, sem...

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Ballochyle
Sandbank
Dunoon
PA23 8RD

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Woodside Lodge - Weddings

Our commitment to creating unforgettable moments begins with understanding your unique vision. We recognize the significance of your special day and invite y...

Woodside Lodge on Loch Goil
Argyll
Scotland
PA24 8AE

Tel: 01301 703 173

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Woodside Lodge Estate

Our private estate situated on the edge of the stunning Loch Goil on the West Coast of Scotland consists of 12 acres of mature woodland and open space, offer...

Woodside Lodge
on Loch Goil
Argyll
Scotland
PA24 8AE

Tel: 01301 703 173

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Loch Goil Kayak and SUP Hire

Experience the tranquillity of the beautiful tidal sea loch that is Loch Goil as you glide on its sometimes crystal still surface. It will be just you and na...

Carrick Farm
Carrick Castle
Lochgoilhead
PA24 8AF

Tel: 07901751810

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TIGHNABRUAICH

Sitting on the shore of the beautiful Kyles of Bute, this little village lies on the rural west coast of Cowal.

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CAIRNDOW

Lying in an idyllic setting at the head of Loch Fyne, near Inveraray and 'The Rest & Be Thankful'

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TARBET & ARROCHAR

Villages located in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National and gateway to the Argyll Forest Park.

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Dunoon & Cowal on YouTube

Immerse yourself in all things Dunoon & Cowal by watching our dedicated YouTube playlist for food and drink, activities and so much more!

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Whether you're dreaming of a romantic beach ceremony on a secluded island or a traditional Scottish wedding in a historic castle, there are plenty of venues to choose from.

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Getting here

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Planning your journey

Travelling to and from Cowal is commonly done 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.

It is possible to take ferries 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.

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