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Cowal

Flanked by Loch Long and Loch Fyne, the Cowal Peninsula is a rich landscape of contrasts, ranging from the towering Munros of the north to the mellow scenery and seaside villages of the south. Only an hour from Glasgow, it offers a tantalising taste of the Highlands. Paddle steamers used to bring throngs of Glaswegian holidaymakers ‘doon the watter’ to its shores. Today, you won’t find any crowds, but you can still explore the coastline on board the Waverley, the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world.

The Argyll Forest Park stretches across much of Cowal, providing an unbeatable outdoor playground, plenty of opportunity for adventure and gentle woodland strolls.

Head south west and you’ll come to Argyll’s Secret Coast, a remote, undiscovered area of sparkling sea lochs and picturesque villages. This is world-class sailing country, and with islands, natural harbours, sheltered beaches, tidal narrows, safe anchorages and good shore-side facilities, including the fabulous Portavadie Marina, a whole season could easily be spent exploring this area by water.

Cowal’s only major town, Dunoon, hosts the Cowal Highland Gathering, the biggest Highland Games in the world. It’s renowned for its unique atmosphere, elite-level competitors and spine-tingling salute to the Chieftain. Dunoon is also home to the outstanding Benmore Botanic Gardens.

A trip to Cowal wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the original Loch Fyne Oyster Bar in Cairndow, Scotland’s finest smokehouse and seafood restaurant.

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