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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, Dunoon and the Cowal peninsula are excellent areas for walkers of all abilities. CalMac operates a fast and frequent passenger ferry service between the coastal town of Gourock to Dunoon, and with excellent rail links from Glasgow it's easy to enjoy a day away from city life. An alternative route is to take the ferry to Cowal from Rhubodach on Bute which takes five minutes and on the way there is a 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. Other local attractions easily accessible from Dunoon as a foot passenger include, Pucks Glen, Corlarach Forest and Kilmun Arboretum - all part of the Argyll Forest Park.

For more on Dunoon and Cowal visit the following sites, Visit CowalWild About Argyll

Walking and Rambling

Cowal and Dunoon is a three-pronged peninsula between Loch Long and Loch Fyne and is easily accessible from the Scottish Central Belt. There are walking routes to suit all levels among the rugged terrain and mountainous landscape that passes beautiful lochs and expansive forests where you may even see red squirrels. The Cowal Way starts at Portavadie and is a 7 stage 90 km walk that runs the length of the Cowal peninsula and for those keen walkers it can link into both the Three Lochs Way at Arrochar and the West Highland Way at Inveruglas. If you would like more information on walking in Cowal and Dunoon check out the Visit Cowal website.

Cycling

Why not cycle on Cowal and Dunoon? With its quiet country roads and wonderful scenery, Cowal and Dunoon is the ideal spot for families and cyclists to get out on their bikes. There are shoreline roads in the south west of Cowal that offer a great family cycling experience and the Argyll Forest Park on the hills surrounding Lochs Long, Goil and Eck offer a great and safe opportunity to go off-road.  Visit Cowal for more information. Further details of bike hire can be found at Visit Scotland.

Note: Groups of cyclists should contact us in advance advising of preferred sailings, as space on some ferries may be limited

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How to get here

The most direct route from the central mainland to Dunoon and the Cowal peninsula is via the CalMac Ferries operated passenger ferry service between Gourock and Dunoon. The ferry service is fast and frequent and no advanced booking is required. Simply turn up at the port and purchase your ticket. Alternatively, you can purchase a Rail & Sail ticket direct from Glasgow Central Station.

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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