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Dunoon is the main town on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll and Bute. This scenic town is a short drive to Knockdow House, an exquisite Georgian property nestled away in the foothills of the mountains and valleys, surrounded by spectacular countryside, an abundance of wildlife and a wide range of local activities.

Aside from Knockdow House, the town of Dunoon is famous for many things and there is something for everyone here, whether you are a thrill seeker, a historian, or are simply seeking some rest and relaxation.

Here we list the top 5 things to do in Dunoon:

Quadmania Scotland

Searching for adrenaline? Then you need to visit Quadmania Scotland. This family owned and operated team is a 25-minute drive or bus journey from Dunoon, where beautiful scenery abounds! Here, you’ll be treated to memorable experiences, from family quad biking treks and quad treks for thrill seekers, to archery and clay shooting. This is a fun day out and a great place to satisfy your inner adrenaline junkie! 

Bishops Glen (Dunoon Reservoir)

Explore the reservoirs of Bishop’s Glen and the tumbling Balgaigh Burn. Accessible on foot from the centre of Dunoon, Bishop’s Glen offers a pleasant, easy circuit where you can explore the reservoirs and take as many pictures as you please!

Bishop’s Glen is used daily by locals and visitors alike, including dog walkers, budding photographers and ramblers. For those after something a little more challenging, pass the pathway from the reservoir for a variety of walking and cycling paths.

Benmore Botanic Gardens

No visit to Dunoon is complete without a visit to Benmore Botanic Gardens. These magnificent gardens will remain etched in your memory for many years to come, even if you aren’t much of a nature lover. The 150 year old Redwood trees that flank the entrance to the gardens will make you feel like a character out of ‘Honey I shrunk the Kids!’ Meanwhile, there are plants and trees from all around the world, and your eyes will be exposed to so many vivid colours within plants, flowers and trees.

Castle House Museum

Visit Castle House Museum to learn all about Dunoon’s fascinating history. From tales of Robert Burns to the American Naval history, there is plenty here to discover as you immerse yourself in history. Once you’ve visited the museum, take a walk up to Castle Hill to soak in the beauty of the town, where you can see the entire promenade from the west to the east bay.

This list is by no means exhaustive and there is so much to do in Dunoon and the surrounding area, regardless of your interests and preferences.