Mini guide to Dunoon
Located in the southeast of the picturesque Trossachs National Park and Grampian
Mountains on the shore of the Firth of Clyde, Dunoon is a major Clyde seaside
resort and is popular with Glaswegians and visitors alike. Dunoon is not overloaded
with man-made attractions and appeals more to lovers of the outdoors.
Dunoon is an angler's paradise, with the regions' three lochs and four rivers
plentiful with sea, brown and rainbow trout and salmon. Dunoon also boasts the
nearby Benmore Botanic Garden, known for its superb collection of shrubs and
trees, while the Cowal Bird Garden has peacocks, macaws and other exotic birds
in a spectacular woodland setting.
Dunoon is the largest town in Argyll, the highlight of which is the Castle
House Museum that retells Dunoon's past through intriguing exhibits and entertainment
for kids. The town is also known for its ceramics and the Dunoon Ceramics factory
has a quaint gallery.
Leisure options in Dunoon include playing a game at the beautiful Cowal Golf
Course, which overlooks the Firth of Clyde, while the angling club and the Riverside
Swim and Health Centre are also popular. You will find some quality seafood
restaurants in town and there is also a two-screen cinema. However, Dunoon's
most well-attended activity is the annual Cowal Highland Gathering, the largest
of its kind.
Just outside Dunoon is the wonderful Ardnadam Heritage Trail that leads to
the Dunan viewpoint, which offers unrivalled views of the Firth of Clyde. Farther
to the north and a 30-minute drive away is the Argyll Forest Park and beautiful
Loch Eck, while Loch Lomond can be reached via ferry. Nearby Glasgow is a must-see,
a vibrant metropolis that thrives with art and architecture.
Dunoon can be reached by ferry across the Clyde River from Gourock and there
is also a half-hourly service to Hunter's Quay, north of Dunoon. There are frequent
rail and bus services to Glasgow from all over the UK, from where buses and
trains run onto Gourock. Glasgow Airport is located near the town of Paisley,
from where three trains per hour run onto Gourock.
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