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11

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

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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