Dunoon is one of Scotland’s most popular resorts located in a delightful setting on the Firth of Clyde where the entrances to Holy Loch and Loch Long converge. These waters are set against a background of mountains and forests and lie close to the town on the Cowal Peninsula. The town boasts two bays and a flat promenade perfect for an evening stroll and its position makes it the perfect base from which to explore the stunning scenic west coast. Argyll's largest town has been popular with holidaying throngs since the late 1800s and things aren't set to change now.
It is one of Scotland’s oldest and largest holiday resorts with a fine Victorian heritage. The town has lovely gardens and century old villas which back onto a 4 mile flat promenade running along the water front. Tourist activity is focussed on the 19th Century pier with its lively entertainment and panoramic views across the Firth. Dunoon is situated in Scotland’s first National Park, and is surrounded by rolling hills, and woodlands of the Argyll Forest Park, and the Lochs and mountains of the southern highlands.
Dunoon grew in the late 1800s to cater for the new generation of tourists and today, it has a range of shops and eating places, with something for every taste and every pocket. The town’s ancient castle, previously an important defensive structure dominating the coastline, has been reclaimed by the grass and shrubbery of the Castle Gardens, creating an attractive environment to sit and watch life passing by.
Dunoon has a range of activities to keep visitors on a coach tour entertained, from the chance to play golf against a scenic Scottish backdrop to admiring the statue of Robert Burns's love 'Highland Mary' on Castle Hill. For nature lovers, the 150-acre Benmore Botanic Garden is just 7 miles north of Dunoon and showcases a world-famous collection of conifers, flowering trees and shrubs. A variety of birds from peacocks to parakeets can be spotted at Cowal Bird Garden, while Dunoon Ceramics can be viewed in the town's Pot Shop. Those on a touring holiday of the town in the last weekend of August won't fail to miss the spectacular Cowal Highland Gathering, which is the largest of its kind on the planet.
Travel to Dunoon during October to experience the ten-day Cowalfest, Scotland's largest walking festival. Seventy guided walks depart from the region and a major arts programme also features.
Isle of Bute & Rothesay:
A visit to Dunoon must include a trip to the Isle of Bute, a delightful island, which is simply a must when visiting this part of the world. After the short sea crossing, we enjoy a short break at the island’s principle town, Rothesay, before taking the circular tour, renowned as one of the most spectacular in Scotland. The Royal Burgh of Rothesay, the island’s main town, has a most splendid Victorian frontage and esplanade gardens, cradling romantic Rothesay Bay. On the west coast there is the beautiful Scalpsie Bay, set against the magnificent backdrop of the Isle of Arran, and the home of a large colony of seals, who gaze in curiosity from their rocky perches at those who gather to watch their antics.