Visiting Dunoon

Description of Dunoon

Dunoon is the seaboard gateway to the Scottish Highlands, including the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. If you love lochs, glens, sea, mountains and forests, you will find them in abundance in Dunoon and Cowal.

Inside info

The unspoiled Cowal Peninsula retains a unique Scottish identity that is reflected in its towns and villages, its arts and crafts and its various events. You will reach beautiful landscapes, historic locations, friendly people and activities by taking the ferry across to Dunoon and Cowal in Argyll (buying your ferry ticket from local shops is much cheaper than on the ferry itself). Walking, cycling, and watching marine life from the town centre down Bullwood Road is a must . The sight along the shore road is just gorgeous. You will pass Kilmun Church which was built in 1422 by Sir Duncan Campbell, the chief of the Campbell clan, and acted as a burial ground for the Earls of Argyll. Kilmun also plays host to Kilmun Arboretum which contains a wide range of tree specimens from all over the world.In the North-west of Dunoon, following the A815 road, you will find beautiful Glen Massan where the River Massan is one of the best in Cowal for salmon and trout fishing. A bit further away stands Puck's Glen, a popular walking area, and the Benmore Botanic Gardens, one of the best attractions of the area.Even though Dunoon lies only 31 miles from Glasgow, the place remains a world away from city life, thanks to being on a peninsula. The specificities of Dunoon will make your visit a memorable one.Where to stay?Hunters Quay Hotel ****A family-run hotel with enjoyable sea views, luxurious rooms, fine food and a warm welcome. Double room + breakfast: £85.247 Marine Parade, Dunoon, Argyll, PA23 8HJWhere to eat?Chatters RestaurantOne of the finest dining places in town using local produce set in original surroundings. Rosie McInnes, Chatters Restaurant, 58 John St, Dunoon, Argyll PA23 8BJ

Did you know ?

During the Second World War, the Holy Loch Marina of Dunoon was a submarine base. It was home to an American Naval Base until the 90’s which consisted of a floating dry-dock and supply ship with shore based installations.

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