Things to see & do
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Dunoon is the main town of the Cowal Peninsula, an area of unspoiled mountains, lochs, forests and beaches, and is the south-western gateway to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
Innellan is just 4 miles from Dunoon and has a lovely pub/restaurant, a village shop, a Post Office, a golf course, tennis courts, forest walks, pebbly beaches, a bowling green and a pony-trekking centre.
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There’s so much to see and do that you’ll be spoilt for choice if you only have a week or two to explore.
PLACES TO VISIT
Dunoon is ideally situated for exploring the towns and villages of Argyll, from Inverary and Loch Fyne in the north, to the Isle of Bute in the south. The countryside surrounding Dunoon boasts a host of lovely villages to explore, such as Kilmun, Tighnabruaich, Kilfinan, Colintraive and Strachur.
For longer day-trips there is the lovely harbour town of Oban and the splendour of Glencoe and the Highlands, while Glasgow is only an hour away across the Firth of Clyde.
Argyll is a fantastic area for the outdoor enthusiast. Hill-walkers can enjoy the beauty and freedom of the hills, without the crowds, while mountain-bikers and horse-riders have endless forest tracks and paths to explore. For something a bit different, Quadmania offers quad-bike tours, kayaking, rock-climbing and more.
Just behind Dunoon itself is the Bishops Glen, a favoured beauty spot with many delightful walks. A walk to the top of Bishops Seat (1655ft) is a must!
The Cowal Way is a long-distance walk of 47 miles from Portavadie by Loch Fyne in the west to Ardgarten by Loch Long in the east.
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and Argyll Forest Park are both nearby, and the many lochs and rivers, not to mention the Firth of Clyde, provide great opportunities for sailing, diving and fishing. The area is also host to a huge selection of wildlife, such as red squirrels, red and roe deer, buzzards, eagles, otters and dolphins.
Winston Churchill Venison at Sandbank, by Dunoon offers delicious local venison, as well as a variety of deer stalking experiences.
Innellan itself also offers a host of activities, such as:
- Pony-trekking at the Velvet Path: 01369 830580
- Golf at Innellan Golf Club
- Beach combing - at the end of Trinity Lane!
- Tennis & bowling - Innellan Tennis/Bowling club: 01369 830470
- Forest walks: this photo was taken on a beautiful walk reached on foot from
The Snug, giving views across the Firth of Clyde to Arran.
Other attractions in and around Dunoon include:
- Waverley paddle steamer - the last remaining, fully functional paddle steamer in the world, regularly departs from Dunoon during the summer months
- Benmore Botanic Gardens - over 100 acres of beautiful gardens surrounded by dramatic scenery
- Kilmun Arboretum - established in the 1930s, a series of wooded paths through a variety of exotic tree species
- Castle House Museum - one of Dunoon’s most historic buildings
- Swimming pools - at the Dolphin Leisure Centre and Riverside Leisure Centre
- Rustys Indoor Play at Hunters Quay
- Diving - The Professional Diving Academy runs a range of courses, particularly aimed at those looking to enter a new career in commercial diving
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
The Cowal Highland Gathering (Cowal Games) is held in August and is one of the biggest and most spectacular highland games in Scotland, with pipe bands, highland dancing, shinty and caber tossing.
South Cowal Community Festival consists of a host of events centred around Innellan and Toward during May each year. Great fun for all the family!
Cowalfest is an annual event, taking place in October each year. It showcases the best Cowal has to offer - featuring walks, mountain-biking, horse rides, historic tours, food, music and talks.
Dunoon Film Festival started in 2013 and was such a success that it’s now an annual event, held in September each year.
Dunoon Burgh Hall - recently refurbished venue offering workshops, exhibitions and events throughout the year.
PLACES TO EAT
If all that activity leaves you feeling hungry, you’ll be spoiled for choice with wonderful places to eat, such as:
- The Villagers Royal, Innellan (happy to take dogs in the bar area)
- The Osborne, Innellan
- Swallow Cafe, Dunoon - a traditional style cafe, and dog-friendly!
- Shiela’s Diner, Kilmun - a traditional diner with great portions
- Livingstone’s Bistro, Dunoon
- Rio, Dunoon
- 51st State and La Cantina, Dunoon
- The Bangladesh Tandoori, Dunoon
- The Braes, Dunoon
- Inver Cottage, Strathlachlan - see the Guardian Review!
- Benmore Cafe & Shop, Benmore Botanic Gardens
- Or only an hour away and a lovely drive is the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, Cairndow
The Snug, Trinity Lane, Innellan, by Dunoon, Scotland, PA23 7SP
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