Things To Do

Benmore Botanic Gardens

In a magnificent mountainside setting on the Cowal Peninsula lies Benmore, an enchanting garden steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery. Benmore’s 120 acres boast over 300 species of rhododendron; Bhutanese and Chilean plantings and a spectacular avenue of Giant Redwoods.

The Cowal Highland Gathering

The world’s largest and most spectacular Highland Games – an event second to none in the Highland Games calendar..

Loch Fyne Oyster Bar

From a small, roadside stall on the banks of Loch Fyne, a group of businesses have developed based on the principles of good food, sustainably sourced and simply presented by people who care.

Dunoon Cinema

Who doesn’t like a trip out to the pictures. Our local cinema has 2 screen and shows the latest releases.


A very special festival, reflecting our rich heritage, drawing on the peninsula’s fascinating history, telling of links with Burns, celebrating our outstanding and innovative contributions to the world, highlighting global links, remembering ancestors who left these shores in search of new challenges and new lives.

Castle House Museum

One of Dunoon’s most historic locations. Dunoon became a holiday resort when Lord Provost Ewing of Glasgow bought the land around the ruined medieval castle and built himself a holiday home. This was in 1824 and many other wealthy businessmen followed his example.


If you feel the need to be revitalised and have some outdoor fun, we offer you a fantastic experience at Quadmania. With over 2,000 acres to play on we guarantee an exhilarating outdoor experience at any time of the year. Choose from quad biking, archery and clay shooting or try more challenging adventure pursuits; gorge walking, mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking and sailing.

Holy Loch Marina

Situated on one of the Clyde’s finest natural harbours, and the marine gateway to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Argyll, Scotland.

Dunoon & District Angling Club

Many anglers have no option on their home waters but to fish in rather crowded conditions. when contemplating a fishing holiday, many such anglers must long to fish for brown trout in solitude amid beautiful scenery. Few waters now hold truly wild fish and those that do need conserving. Dunoon & District Angling Club however can offer brown trout fishing in surroundings approaching the ideal, amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland, and all within 15 Miles of Dunoon.

Visit Cowal & What’s On

The one stop website to go to for information on what is on offer throughout the Cowal Peninsula. Check out the What’s On link on their website to see what is happening during your visit.

Portavadie Marina & Spa

Situated in picturesque Loch Fyne on the West Coast of Scotland the new Portavadie marina complex is ideally located to give access to the Firth of Clyde and some of the best sailing waters in the world. These are sailing waters that can accommodate every level of ability.

The Cowal Way – Long Distance Path

A 57-mile way from Portavadie on Loch Fyne to Inveruglas on Loch Lomond is a mini long distance footpath running the length of the Cowal Peninsula. It is easy to do sections so check their website and see what part takes your fancy.

Inveraray Castle

Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell and the iconic, must-see visitor attraction on the West Coast of Scotland.

Inveraray Jail

Inveraray Jail is a living museum and top Scottish visitor attraction where real people portray life in a 19th century prison. Interact with costumed characters, watch courtroom trials, talk to the prisoners, meet the Warder, go to jail and witness cell life, sample the punishments, browse the exhibition of prison artefacts, then make your escape. Also, join the UK’s top ghost hunters in ghost hunting nights and paranormal investigations.