Situated on the north side of the Firth of Clyde, Dunoon on the beautiful Cowal Peninsula in Argyll, Scotland has a population of 9000 and is the largest town in south Argyll. It still retains the flavour of a Victorian seaside resort with the picturesque Pier flanked on each side by the East Bay and West Bay Promenades. The main shopping area is situated on both sides of Argyll Street which starts almost opposite the Pier adjacent to the Band Stand in its ampi-theatre setting, and runs through the centre of the town still retaining an old world charm of a yesteryear mainstreet. Annual events throughout the year ensure there is always something happening. One such event is the annual Cowal Highland Gathering the largest event of its kind in the world. It is held in August and is a hundred years old.
Dunoon is steeped in history, both ancient and recent, which draws many visitors to the area. Famous for its clan history, Dunoon and Cowal is not short of legends of people and battles. There is visible evidence of these, such as monuments and markers, but by just being there, and with a little knowledge of the history, it is so easy to understand why these places attract so many visitors.
Dunoon is also known as the Maritime Gateway to the Scottish Highlands and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park with visitors arriving using the Clyde ferry services. For a long time Dunoon and Cowal have been renowned for unspoiled scenery as portrayed around the world in paintings and photographs. Loch Eck, 12 miles north of Dunoon town centre is one of the most photogenic lochs in Scotland. Many artist reside and show their work locally.
Unsurprisingly, a lot of outdoor leisure pursuits are available and include hill walking (ranging from gentle to steep) and other countryside or water-based activities.