Bute and Cowal
Dunoon and Cowal
Cowal lies at the gateway to the Highlands and also provides
the marine gateway to Scotland’s first national park, the Loch
Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
If you are travelling by road from Glasgow on the M8 you
should head to Gourock, where there are two ferry services
across the Clyde to Dunoon – one carries vehicles and
passengers, and the other is passenger only. This trip gives you
a wonderful introduction to the Cowal peninsula, including
a different perspective on the town of Dunoon as you arrive
by sea. The mountains surrounding the sea lochs provide a
spectacular backdrop as the ferry docks at either Dunoon town
centre or Hunter’s Quay, just a few minutes outside the town.
Alternatively, you can travel by road using the A82, which takes
you along the ‘bonnie banks of Loch Lomond’ to join the A815 –
itself well worth travelling with its magnificent scenery and
views of beautiful Loch Eck. Five miles north of Dunoon on the
A815 is the Younger Botanic Garden at Benmore, best known for
its avenue of Giant Redwood trees which were planted in 1863
and are now among the highest in Britain.
Dunoon is the second largest town in Argyll and Bute, and
came to prominence in the 19th century when paddle steamers
offered easy access to visitors from Glasgow. The world’s last
ocean-going paddle steamer, the PS Waverley, still operates
during the summer season.
The town is also home to the Cowal Highland Gathering, a
world-renowned Highland games, held annually in August
attracting visitors and competitors from all over the world.
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