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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Argyll Holidays

Just a short drive from Glasgow or Oban and you can find yourself in your own piece of paradise in beautiful Argyll, in the west coast of Scotland.

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Drimsynie Estate Office
Lochgoilhead
Argyll
PA24 8AD

Tel: 0345 459 9772

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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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The Snug

Originally a hay barn, The Snug now boasts a bright, open-plan living space with newly fitted kitchen and sitting area (with sofa bed) on the upper floor, fr...

Trinity Lane
Innellan
Dunoon
PA23 7TS

Tel: 07979784825

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Tighnariddon Cottages Ltd

Teal and Shelduck Cottages, built in 2010, are in a magnificent position overlooking Loch Riddon. They are fully equipped with everything needed for a great...

Andrew & Sheila Barker
Tighnaruel
Glendaruel
Argyll
PA22 3AF

Tel: 07500661328

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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.

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6 & 9 Lamont Lodges
Rashfield
near Dunoon
PA23 8QT

Tel: (0044) 07751 195561

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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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Argyll - Holidays Hunters Quay Holiday Village

Perfect for families, Hunters Quay is an award-winning holiday village in Dunoon only an hour or so's drive from Glasgow and just outside the Loch Lomond and...

Dunoon
Argyll
PA23 8HP

Tel: 01369 707772

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Holiday Cottages West Coast - An Airigh

Situated in the quiet Lochside village of Newton, this brand-new contemporary and beautifully decorated cottage sleeps up to 4 people. It is just outside Str...

Newton
Cairndow
PA27 8DB

Tel: 07585709992

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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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Discover some special places of interest while staying in Dunoon and Cowal. Click on our map icons to discover where to see on your travels. If you see multiple icons clustered in one area, simply zoom in on the map to decluster the icons.

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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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