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 Coffee Roasters

We’re speciality coffee roasters based in Tighnabruaich on Argyll's Secret Coast. We love coffee and we source the finest beans from around the world and roa...

Unit 1 Kames Industrial Estate
Kames
Tighnabruaich
PA212AB

Tel: 01700 385538

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Bookpoint

Is there anything better than spending some quiet time browsing through bookshelves to find that next book to read? If that sounds as perfect to you as it do...

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2A Ferry Brae
Dunoon
Argyll PA23 7DJ

Tel: 01369 702 377

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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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Carry Farm

On the unexplored Ardlamont peninsula, nestled between an ancient Atlantic Hazel woodland and the shores of the Kyles of Bute, Carry Farm represents the very...

Carry Farm
Tighnabruaich
PA21 2AH

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Studio on the Shore

Use this lovingly renovated apartment for your own personal creative retreat. It's the ideal space to paint or write, and the perfect base for exploring the...

57A Shore Road
Innellan
Dunoon
PA23 7TP

Tel: +44(0)788 4966165

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Fire & Rain

Inspiring self-care retreats for those of us who have lost their life partner. Space to just be....connect with nature and enjoy delicious food and wine....w...

1 Craigard
North Campbell Road
Innellan
Dunoon
PA23 7SB

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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, Argyll
PA23 7TS

Tel: 07979784825

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The Oystercatcher Otter Ferry

The Oystercatcher Otter Ferry is part of the wonderful 'Scotland's Secret Coast'. After a woodland and moor filed route along the 10-mile single-track road,...

1 Otter Ferry Seafish
Tighnabruaich
Argyll
PA21 2DH

Tel: 01700 821229

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Must Visit Places

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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Rest And Be Thankful Road Cycling

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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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Your destination for a magical wedding

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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