Cowal is a fascinating place, Scottish Highland in landscape with breathtaking scenery around every corner and packed with places to visit.


Fascinating history

It’s exciting history can be seen in the Neolithic remains, ancient churches, ruined castles and historic houses. Castle House Museum in Dunoon provides excellent information on Cowal from the stone age to the present day and the delightful Strachur smiddy in a unique record of the blacksmith and his craft.


Visit Historic Gardens

Benmore Gardens, Ardkinglas Woodland Garden and Kilmun Arboretum are historic gardens of great beauty. These gardens are not just for plant lovers, they are excellent for walking and wildlife too.

Great scenic beauty

The scenic beauty of Cowal is a magnet for artists and their work can be viewed throughout the area in galleries and special exhibitions.

Get out on the water

The coastline of Cowal is an attraction in its own right and the paddle steamer, the Waverley departs from Dunoon and Blairmore throughout the summer for excursions around the sea lochs and islands. Short sea trips are also available to show off the coastal scenery and exceptional wildlife.