Very convenient for both Calmac and Western Ferries ferry terminals in Dunoon
A landmark hotel of Dunoon in the true sense of the word The Argyll Hotel, with its majestic views of the River Clyde, is a stylish property at the very heart of Dunoon. While many of Dunoon’s hotels claim to have the town’s landmarks on their doorstep, our hotel itself is one of these landmarks!
The hotel is situated right next to the Argyll Ferries Ferry terminal, with an hourly service to Gourock and fast rail connections to all of central Scotland.
Dunoon is a famous Scottish coastal resort town situated on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll. It sits on the Firth of Clyde to the south of Holy Loch and to the west of Gourock. Its prominent position on the Clyde Coast made it a hugely popular resort in the days when the annual influx of Glasgow holidaymakers and day trippers created the ‘Costa Clyde’ as it was affectionately known. The increase in popularity of and ease of planning and booking overseas travel and holidays particularly from the 1960’s to the 1980’s had a profoundly detrimental effect on the town’s thriving tourism business. However recently Dunoon has enjoyed a renaissance, and is once again a bustling tourist resort. The quality hotels in Dunoon can be very busy in main season and early booking is recommended, last minute bookers may be disappointed or have to settle for lower grade accommodation.
Dunoon Pier originated in 1835; however, the current structure was built in 1895. Prior to the late 1960s, fleets of paddle steamers brought holidaymakers ‘doon the watter’ from Glasgow and to numerous other piers on the Clyde. Until June 2011 the pier was used daily by Caledonian MacBrayne, who ran a regular car-ferry service to Gourock and by the PS Waverley, the last surviving seagoing paddle steamer.
In the spring of 2005, Dunoon seafront received a new breakwater, located just to the south of the main pier. As well as protecting the Victorian pier, a new link span was installed alongside the breakwater to allow the berthing and loading of ro-ro ferries instead of the side-loading ferries presently serving the main pier. A tendering competition to serve the new link span between two interested parties, namely Caledonian MacBrayne and local operator Western Ferries, failed when both parties withdrew from the tendering process. In June 2011, the outcome of a renewed tendering process saw a regular passenger-only ferry service using the breakwater for berthing. The Waverley also berths there during the summer months.