The town of Dunoon benefited from the proximity of the great city of Glasgow in the 1800s when it was popular to take a trip "doon the water" in numerous ferries and paddle steamers. Visitors then explored the beautiful surrounding countryside of the Cowal peninsular. Dunoon is a large town with many beautiful buildings and facilities that you would expect from a successful town. It is therefore a good base to stay to then explore the surrounding area.
The area is particularly well known for the Cowal Games, probably the biggest highland games gathering in the world today. It is always held on the last Friday and Saturday every August. If you have never been to a full blown Highland Games then this is a must see event for you.
All around this peninsula are great walks both short and long with many paths that are good for cyclists too. Because of this there are more and more visitors arriving with the intention of experiencing an outdoor holiday, which may also include kayaking, fishing, horse riding and of course golf.
Argyll forest has many picnic spots and view points throughout this area. There are no charges for parking or using the picnic tables. As with all or Argyll and most of the west of Scotland, there are many lochs and mountains in the area. Cowal is no exception. Loch Eck is stunning loch which cuts its way through the Cowal Peninsula. Even although this is a spur of the Clyde estuary which instantly makes people think of shipbuilding and high population, you could not be further away from that image here. Loch Eck is a wild looking place where any visitor will be in awe of the scenery and the peaceful surroundings.
Getting to Dunoon from the main population centres of Scotland is easiest by Ferry from Gourock with a ferry about every 15 minutes. This is a car and passenger ferry run by Western Ferries. Alternatively drive along Loch Lomond side and then head down the Inveraray road. Watch for the Dunoon signpost on that road.