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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Kames Hotel

The Kames Hotel is a beautiful, character-filled, Victorian building that sits on the seafront overlooking the magnificent Kyles of Bute, on the Cowal penins...

Kames
Tighnabruaich
Argyll
PA21 2AF

Tel: 01700 811489

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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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Northern Lights Cakery

Northern Lights Cakery is an independent boutique bakery set in the forested hills of Argyll, overlooking the Isle of Bute. We specialise in high-end, locall...

Calabeag Cottage
Stronafian
Colintraive
PA22 3AJ

Tel: +44 (0)7447 450724

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Portavadie Loch Fyne - Accommodation

Located on the eastern shores of Loch Fyne, a scenic 2-hour drive from Glasgow, this award-winning contemporary Spa Resort, with a marina at its heart, offer...

Portavadie Estates Ltd
Portavadie Marina
Millhouse
PA21 2DA

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Kames Village Store

Village store on the Lomond & Cowal Way offering a wide selection of groceries, local butcher meat, Scottish cheeses, local beers, fine wines and much mo...

Park House Buildings
Kames
Tighnabruaich
Argyll
PA21 2AD

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Coffee Bar at Hayshed Gallery

Our Coffee Bar at Hayshed Gallery at Carry Farm is just a few miles up the road from the roastery. We serve up our award-winning coffee, local baking by Nort...

Carry Farm
Ardlamont
Tighnabruaich
PA21 2AH

Tel: 01700 385538

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Ruskin Lodges

Ruskin Lodges are traditional three-bed log cabins located beside Pucks Glen near Dunoon in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

Ruskin Lodge North (...

6 & 9 Lamont Lodges
Rashfield
near Dunoon
PA23 8QT

Tel: (0044) 07751 195561

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Douglas Park Guest House

Douglas Park is situated in the village of Kirn, one mile from Dunoon town centre, and only a half mile from the car ferry to Gourock. Our seafront guest hou...

101 Marine Parade,
Kirn, Dunoon, Argyll
PA23 8HH

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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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Tie the knot in Argyll & the Isles

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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