Dunoon, Capital of Cowal
Dunoon is the lively gathering place for the whole Cowal area, and also provides a wide range of accommodation from friendly b&b’s, self catering apartments and hotels of all sizes. The town offers a museum and leisure centre as well as a fascinating selection of craft shops, galleries, and cafes. The opportunity to take a pleasure cruise amidst the breathtaking coastal scenery of the Firth of Clyde should not be missed.
Unique small icons include the statue of Highland Mary, perched on the slopes of Castle Hill in Dunoon. Her real name was Mary Campbell and her affair with the philandering Robert Burns was intense but, almost inevitably, tragic. Some of Burns’ finest poetry is dedicated to her. Another is Jim Crow, a painted stone on the shores of Dunoon and a quirky example of local creativity.
Around Dunoon there are large tracts of forest which are perfect for walking, cycling and horseriding, with exceptional views over the Clyde Estuary and its Islands.