Cycling, sailing, fishing, golf, footgolf, walking – and much, much more – when it comes to the Great Outdoors, Dunoon offers the visitor a terrific range of activities all set in the most amazing scenery.

Sailing and Kayaking

Dunoon’s Holy Loch Marina is surrounded by some of the finest scenery you will find anywhere. The Marina offers a secure haven and first-class facilities for the sailor and yachtsman, including an on-site chandler and coffee shop, a laundry and showers.
The coastline around Dunoon is a paradise for sea kayakers and there are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the wonderfully clear water for both beginner and advanced level kayakers.

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Mountain Biking and Road Cycling

Dunoon has some of the most stunning cycling facilities in the whole of the UK, so if you are an offroad enthusiast check out the hills and tracks behind Dunoon for a truly awesome experience.

If you are a road cyclist, the roads around Dunoon and Cowal are simply world class, whether you take a leisurely ride along the coast line or a more strenuous road run round about the coast and hills of the CowalPeninsula, all picturesque roads lead you back to the starting point of Dunoon town centre.


What is it? It’s a fast-growing, fun hybrid of football and golf; and the only place in Scotland where you can play it is in the stunning setting of Dunoon’s Cowal Golf Course. It’s a brilliant day out for a group of friends or the family. To book: visit or ring 01369 705673 or 01369 702216. It’s a ‘must do’ for your visit to Dunoon!


These days town centres all seem identical to each other, with the same High Street shops and the same lack of character. However, Dunoon’s vibrant town centre boasts many independent shops that you will not see elsewhere, and the visitor will be delighted with these unique retail outlets.

Historic Attractions

Castle House Museum
This delightful museum set in beautiful surroundings is an absolute must-see, and will tell you all you need to know about the history of the local area. Open Monday to Saturday 10.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m. (Easter to October).

Cowalfest Walking and Outdoor Festival

Cowalfest Walking & Outdoor Festival
7th to 16th October 2016

Cowalfest 2016 takes place from 7th to 16th October. The main attraction of the programme is a wide range of activities offering everything from walks and talks, runs and ceilidhs, cycle rides and tours. Cowalfest is for all ages, fitness levels and interests; whether you’re a hardy hill walker, a heritage buff, a family group, a wildlife fan or someone who likes to be busy and learn new skills on holiday – you will find a wealth of events to fill your days and evenings during Cowalfest.

Cowalfest – on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll – only an hour from Glasgow – 01369 703 785

The Cowal Highland Gathering

The dates for the 2016 Gathering will be the 25th, 26th and 27th August.

Join around 23,000 people who visit every year to soak up the unique, friendly atmosphere and stunning Highland location.

The Cowal Highland Gathering is the largest highland gathering in the UK and is host to the World Highland Dancing Championships and the oldest pipe band championship in the world as well as heavy athletics competitions, traditional wrestling and solo piping competitions. Cowal Gathering is a truly international event with competitors and spectators travelling from as far afield as Canada, Australia and New Zealand to be part of a unique experience.

2016 will also see the Gathering continue with a wide range of free family entertainment. Popular elements like the come and try mountain bike track, kids craft workshops, exciting perfmormance arena acts, kids entertainers and others to be confirmed will combine with the traditional elements to ensure that the Cowal Highland Gathering will continue to be a fantastic family day out.



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'Faith in Cowal' Pilgrimage Tourism Project


This project explores and promotes the Cowal peninsula as a destination for ‘faith tourism’ or pilgrimage. Find out about the archaeology and history of the various sites, the stories of the associated saints, and the lives of the modern Christian communities of the area.

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