Things to do in Dunoon, Argyll and Bute
Things to do in Dunoon
Visitors can take a nostalgic trip on a paddle steamer, the PS Waverley that runs between Glasgow and Dunoon.
The Benmore Botanical Gardens are just 7 miles from Dunoon.
The 150-acre arboretum has some of the tallest trees in Britain, including an impressive avenue of Giant Redwoods that are over 120 feet high.Alexandria, at the southern tip of Loch Lomond, is 34 miles away via the ferry to Gourock and provides a pleasant day out with plenty of shops and scenic hiking.
Present Day Dunoon
The attractive waterfront has a Victorian pier close to Hunters Quay and the Queens Hall, which is the main function hall for the area.
Dunoon Stadium hosts local football matches and is where the Cowal Highland Gathering takes place every August.
It is the largest Highland Games event in the world.
Famous scholars since the school's foundation in 1641 include the Rev. Donald Caskie, known as the Scarlet Pimpernel, George Robertson, head of NATO and MP John Smith.
History of Dunoon
Holy Loch was the home of the American Navy Submarine Squadron until 1992 when the end of the Cold War meant it was no longer required.
Dunoon pier was built in 1835, rebuilt in 1895 and is the place to catch the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry to Gourock.
In its busier days the pier had fleets of paddle steamers which carried tourists "doon the watter" from Glasgow to visit the pleasant resort.
Castle Hill still has the remains of the 12th century Dunoon Castle.
It belongs to the Earls of Argyll, the Campbell clan, who are the castle's hereditary keepers.
Mary Queen of Scots stayed at the castle several times around 1563.
The castle was largely destroyed during the 1685 rebellion.
Castle Toward was the home of the Lamont clan in the 15th century and the ruined foundations remain in the grounds of the grand stately home which replaced it.
During the war Castle Toward was purchased by the Corporation of Glasgow and was used as the headquarters for combined operations.
It is now used as an outdoor training and activity centre offering high ropes, hiking and kayaking.
The grounds were previously used for filming challenging games in the TV series Raven.
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