Things to do in Dunoon - St Ives Hotel

Nestled on the west shore of the Firth of Clyde on the Cowal Peninsula, Dunoon has some of the most magnificent scenery you will find anywhere in the UK. This beautiful town became a top holiday destination during the Victorian holiday boom, when paddle steamers brought thousands of visitors from Glasgow to enjoy the stunning scenery and local hospitality. The Waverley, the last working seagoing paddle steamer, still calls regularly at Dunoon pier.

Dunoon is also world-famous for the Cowal Games, the largest and most spectacular highland games in the world. The Games attract thousands of people each August and a must see!Dunoon is the main resort on the beautiful Cowal Peninsula and the maritime gateway to the Loch Lomond &Trossachs National Park.

Benmore Botanic Garden is a delight with a riot of colour all year round. The enchanting  Argyll Forest is on our doorstep and the famous Loch Lomond is an hour's drive away. Inveraray with its many attractions is also very near.  If you prefer to leave the car, sea cruises and coach tours are available. Golf can be arranged on any of the 3 courses locally.

Dunoon is also an ideal base for outdoor activities, including sailing, kayaking, cycling and mountain biking. Here are some suggestions:


Holy Loch Marina in Dunoon is at the gateway to the Highlands, on the Cowal Peninsula, This is one of the most spectacular and picturesque locations in the United Kingdom and is a haven for sailing. Click here for more info

Cowal Highland Gathering

Dunoon is world-famous for the  Cowal Games, the largest and most spectacular highland games in the world. The Games attract thousands of people each August and a must see! Click here for more info


If you feel the need to be revitalised and have some outdoor fun, we offer you a fantastic experience at Quadmania. With over 2,000 acres to play on we guarantee an exhilarating outdoor adventure in Scotland at any time of the year. Choose from quad biking, archery and clay shooting. Quadmania is just over an hour by car from Glasgow yet situated in the dramatically beautiful, unspoiled Cowal Peninsula in Argyll.

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Argyll Forest

Argyll Forest Park is a land of craggy peaks and hidden glens, peaceful sea lochs and rushing rivers. Established in 1935, it’s Britain’s oldest Forest Park –and some folk say it’s the best!

The park stretches from the Holy Loch, an inlet of the Firth of Clyde, to the jagged peaks of the Arrochar Alps. It owes its rugged scenery to being at one end of the Highland Boundary Fault, the great crack in the Earth’s surface that marks the line between Lowland and Highland Scotland.

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Riverside Museum

The Riverside Museum provides an exciting new home for Glasgow's transport collection and replaces the Museum of Transport previousy located at the Kelvin Hall. The development has a riverside location on a site where the River Clyde meets Glasgow's other main river, the Kelvin, and will be adjacent to Glasgow Harbour, a private-sector led mixed-use development extending to 120 acres.

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Benmore Botanic Garden

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh was established in 1670 and during the 20th century acquired three Regional Gardens –the mountainous Benmore in Argyll; Dawyck in the wooded hills of the Scottish Borders and Logan on the Gulf Stream-warmed southern peninsula of Dumfries &Galloway.

Together they represent one of the world’s largest living collections of plants.

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The Cowal Golf Club

The Cowal Golf Club course is a James S. Braid designed, 18 hole, 6063 yard mature parkland course laid out above the Firth of Clyde on the South-East facing slopes of the Cowal peninsula, offering spectacular views across the estuary, south over the island of Bute and beyond as far as Ailsa Craig in the distance.

On the edge of the traditional Scottish holiday town of Dunoon, the club is a short ferry journey across the Clyde from Gourock and is just over an hour from Glasgow City Centre.

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Innellan Golf Club

We have a 9 hole course with panoramic views overlooking the Firth of Clyde in beautiful Argyll, just down the coast from Dunoon. Our club house is open on a part time basis during the summer season and is available to members and visitors. Visitors are welcome but you might want to look up the fixture list or contact us by email to check that there are no fixtures on before arrival.

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