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Welcome toCowal & Dunoon

Bordered on three sides by sea lochs, with excellent hill walking, wildlife, and a sculpture park.

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Arrochar Alps and Benmore botanic gardens

From the spectacular treks through the Arrochar Alps to long walks in the hills around Loch Eck, the Cowal peninsula is excellent for walkers of all abilities. The ferry to Cowal from Rhubodach on Bute takes five minutes, and before you head off into the peninsula, stop off at the sculpture park at Caol Riadh in Colintraive. Head round to Ostel Bay for the best beach in the area, or make your way to Benmore Botanic Gardens for its collection of giant redwoods, rhododendrons, and other rare plant species. Don't miss the wildlife in Cowal: look out for red squirrels, red deer, otters, and the occasional bird of prey.

For more on Cowal visit the following sites, Visit Cowal  and Explore Argyll .




How to get here

The ferry from Rhubodach in Bute to Cowal takes five minutes, arriving at Colintraive. No advance booking is necessary on this sailing. Simply turn up at the port of departure, buy a ticket, and go on the next available sailing. 

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You can get the ferry to Bute from Wemyss Bay

Most routes to Wemyss Bay pass through, or past, Glasgow:

By train

Regular trains to Wemyss Bay leave from Glasgow Central Station, and take 52 minutes. Find more details at ScotRail

By bus

You can get to Wemyss Bay by bus from Glasgow, which takes about 1 hour 30 minutes, including a change at Greenock. Check Citylink  for bus times.

By car

Wemyss Bay is 32 miles from Glasgow, and it takes about 50 minutes to get there. 

Postcodes for sat nav

Wemyss Bay: PA18 6AR

Colintraive: PA22 3AP

You can get to Dunoon from Gourock with Argyll Ferries

The Argyll Ferries passenger only service runs between Gourock and Dunoon, with up to 60 sailings a day!

By train

Regular trains run between Glasgow Central Station and Gourock train station, which is conveniently situated beside the ferry terminal.  You can buy a combined Rail and Sail ticket to make your journey even easier. Check the train times on  Argyll Ferries Ltd website.

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