Dunoon, the largest town in Argyll and capital of the Cowal region, is set between two Bays - the East Bay & West Bay. The area is renowned for its beautiful countryside, superb walking, as well as its abundant wildlife and rich local history.
Dunoon itself is a traditional seaside town and offers a delightful selection of local shops producing fine arts and crafts as well as shops offering local produce, a great way to sample Dunoon's finest.
There is a tourist information centre in the town at:
Tourist Information Centre,
7 Alexandra Parade, Dunoon, Argyll, PA23 8AB
Dunoon and its surrounding area is steeped in history dating back to the 1800's.
Dunoon grew from a village to a major Clyde seaside resort in the 1800s. It is dominated by Castle Hill upon which sits Castle House, built in the 1820s by James Ewing, Lord Provost of Glasgow, who put Dunoon 'on the map' as a place for wealthy Glaswegians to build their riverside villas, and as a holiday destination for the less wealthy. A pier had been build by 1820, with a ferry across the Clyde and direct Steamer access to Glasgow began in the 1940s. With the linking of Gourock to Glasgow by train in the late 1800s, Dunoon became even more accesable to Glasgow and the Clydeside population. On the last weekend in August, Dunoon plays host to the Cowal Highland Gathering, the largest of its kind in the world. The Cowal Peninsula is also home to the Cowalfest Walking and Arts Festival, which takes place in October each year.