Dunoon is situated on the Cowal peninsula, on the western shore of the Firth of Clyde where Loch Long and Holy Loch join the sea. It became one of Scotland’s premier holiday resorts in the 1800’s, during the heyday of the paddle steamer; in fact, the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world, the ‘Waverley’, is still a regular visitor to Dunoon.
The town has a fine Victorian heritage, with lovely gardens and century old villas which back onto a four mile flat promenade running along the front. Tourist activity is focussed on the 19th Century pier with its lively entertainment and panoramic views across the Firth. The town’s facilities include a modern indoor swimming pool with sauna, bowling greens and tennis courts and both a 9 and 18 hole golf course.
There is also a cinema and in the season, a range of entertainment at the Queens Hall. The resort stages internationally recognised jazz and dance festivals and plays host to the Cowal Highland Gathering, the biggest Highland games festival anywhere in the world.
Dunoon is situated in Scotland’s first National Park and is surrounded by both the rolling hills and woodlands of the Argyll Forest Park and the lochs and mountains of the southern highlands. Enjoy spectacular walks or make for the lochs for relaxing cruising and excellent sailing.
For those with a cultural interest, Argyll is awash with history, myth and legend from pre-historic times to the present day. The countryside is filled with churches and castles which bear testimony both to the cultures and beliefs of Scotland and to the country’s diverse and often turbulent history.
We use the Selborne Hotel, a Leisureplex Hotel.
Dunoon has one of the largest town centres in the area. Its main street is partially pedestrianised and is filled with shops selling an array of goods, from fresh bakery items to outdoor clothing.