Bustling Dunoon is the largest town on the Cowal Peninsula and has a good selection of shops, hotels and restaurants; it also has many recreational facilities including a cinema and theatre.
For the more sports minded the surrounding area has 3 golf courses, tennis courts, leisure centre with swimming pool, indoor and outdoor bowling greens, horse riding, quad biking, sailing clubs and wonderful cycling, walking and climbing areas. The expanding Holy Loch Marina is now recognised as the marine gateway to the National Park and is only a couple of miles away.
Two ferry companies have regular sailings from Gourock to Dunoon with direct rail or bus links to Glasgow where you can be in the city centre or at Glasgow airport within an hour, Edinburgh is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes away. Alternatively you can drive from Glasgow via the Erskine Bridge and Loch Lomond through Argyll’s stunning scenery. The area is also well covered with an excellent bus service.
Dunoon and the surrounding areas are within 2 hours of half of Scotland’s entire population.
Your first view of Oban is one you are unlikely to forget. From the north, you glimpse this bustling port from the top of the 'Bealach-an-Righ'. As you sweep down the hill towards the expanse of the bay, the view opens up before you and one begins to appreciate why Oban has developed into Scotland's most popular west-coast holiday town.
Read about the history of the town below and explore the rest of the site to find out more about this beautiful area of Scotland.
Beyond Oban ("little bay" in Gaelic - Scotland's ancient Celtic language) lie the islands of the Inner Hebrides: Kerrera, which protects the town from Atlantic storms; the low, green island of Lismore; majestic Mull, and the granite mountains of the Morvern peninsula. Beyond them, the sacred island of Iona, Coll, Colonsay and Tiree.
Argyll is a beautiful remote, romantic and serene part of Scotland found to the west of Glasgow stretching west from Loch Lomond, north to Oban and south to Machrihanish where you'll experience amazing food, stunning landscapes and some of the finest links golf in Scotland. Your journey through Argyll features some stunning Scottish villages including the Royal town of Inveraray and encapsulates the wonderful islands of Islay, Gigha, Mull, Iona and Arran to boot!
Argyll contains a number of smaller regions including Cowal, Kintyre, Mid Argyll, North Argyll and of course the islands. Each smaller region of Argyll has it's own unique flavour, ways of life, history and modern attractions.