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Visitor Information - Cowal, Bute & Loch Lomond

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Cowal, Bute & Loch Lomond:  Accommodation

To the north and west of the Firth of Clyde are Loch Lomond and the Cowal peninsula. Loch Lomond, of course, is deservedly world famous and has recently been designated as Scotland's first National Park. The West Highland Way is popular with walkers and starts near the southern end of the loch. It makes its way along the eastern shore before heading off towards its destination at Fort William.

The Cowal Peninsula is a relatively quiet and secluded area with a mixture of hills, lochs and unspoilt bays. The main town is Dunoon. Just off the coast is the Isle of Bute which can be reached by ferry from Colintraive on the peninsula or, alternatively, from Wemyss Bay on the east side of the Firth of Clyde.

Loch Lomond

Historic Buildings and Castles:

Dumbarton Castle

Dumbarton Castle

Sits on top of a rocky volcanic outcrop overlooking the Firth of Clyde.

Rothesay Castle

Rothesay, Isle of Bute. A royal fortress built in the 13th century.

Mount Stuart House

Mount Stuart House

Stunning Gothic architecture; home to the Marquess of Bute and open May to October.


Museums and Galleries:

Inverbeg Galleries

Inverbeg, Loch Lomond.

Bute Museum

Rothesay, Isle of Bute. Discover the history and geology of the island.

Fyne Studios and Gallery

Newton, near Strachur. Private tuition and workshops lasting from one to five days as required.

Castle House Museum

The Castle House Museum, which has been open since 1998, is one of Dunoon’s most historic locations.


Parks and Gardens:

Victorian Fern House & Gardens

Ascog Bay, Isle of Bute. Extensive collection of ferns.

Gleenarn Gardens

Rhu, on the coast near Helensburgh.

Linn Botanic Gardens

Cove, on the Rosneath peninsula.

Balloch Castle Country Park

Balloch Castle

Balloch, near Alexandria.


Visitor Attractions:

Hill House

Helensburgh. Fine example of design by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Loch Lomond

Now has the Lomond Shores & National Park Visitor Centre at Balloch.

Winter Garden

Rothesay, Isle of Bute. Huge circular glass structure which houses the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre.

Motoring Heritage Centre

When it was built, this amazing Grade A listed building was the largest motor car factory in the world. Its marble and sandstone façade, reminiscent of an Edwardian town hall or railway station, is just part of a factory that originally covered 11 acres. After a six-million-pound restoration, the building now houses the Motoring Heritage Centre and 24 factory-outlet shops.


Strachur Smiddy

Museum and craft shop in Strachur, Argyll.







About Argyll Walking Holidays. Strachur, Argyll. Small expertly guided groups. Argyll, Mull, Islay, Jura. Also tailor-made itineraries.



Tignabruaich Sailing School. RYA accredited, qualified instructors. Sailing and windsurfing courses.


Car Hire:

Arnold Clark



Selected Accommodation in Cowal, Bute and Loch Lomond


Guest Houses

Bed & Breakfast

Lochgoilhead Hotel, Lochgoilhead
Ardyne Hotel, Rothesay, Bute
Inverbeg Inn, Luss
Arrochar Hotel, Arrochar
Beardmore Hotel, Clydebank
Craigieburn Hotel, Dunoon
Royal An Lochan, Tighnabruaich
Milton Hotel, Dumbarton
Cannon House Hotel, Rothesay, Bute
St Ives Hotel, Dunoon
Victoria Hotel, Rothesay, Bute
Argyll Hotel, Dunoon
County Hotel, Helensburgh

The Commodore, Rothesay, Bute
Greenbank Guest House, Arrochar
Craigieburn Guest House, Dunoon
The Anchorage, Balloch
Sunnyside, Balloch
Easter Garth, Rosneath
Battery Lodge, Isle of Bute

Balmillig, Helensburgh
Floral Cottage Guest House
Caerdach B&B, Drymen
Foxbank, Dunoon
Positano, Dumbarton
Albannach, Alexandria
Ben Bheula, Arrochar
Green Shadows, Drymen
The Anchorage, Dunoon
Ashbank, Drymen
Hawthorns, Drymen
Shepherds Cottage, Rowardennan
Seabank, Arrochar
Burnbrae, Arrochar
Green Kettle Inn, Garelochhead
No 20 Bed and Breakfast, Helensburgh
Global B&B, Luss
Mulberry Lodge, Drymen
St Ebba, Rothesay, Bute
Howard's Way, Rothesay, Bute
TwoStones, Arrochar
Alba B&B, Balloch
Birchwood Lodge, Balmaha
Clyde View B&B, Dunoon

Self Catering



Lyall Cliff, Dunoon
Garemount Lodge, Helensburgh
Lamont Lodges, Dunoon
Loch Lomond Waterfront Lodges, Balmaha
The Old Smiddy, Balloch
Stoneycroft, Lochgoilhead
Oakfield, Tignabruaich
Foxglove Cottages, Drymen
Ravenswood Cottage, Arrochar
Ardachearnbeg Cottages, Glendaruel
Maymore Farmhouse, Glendaruel
The Snug, Inellan, Dunoon
Apple House, Drymen
Hafton Castle, Dunoon
Puck's Lodge, Dunoon
Strathspey Cottage, Dunoon
Coach House, Kilmun
Sebright Apartment, Dunoon
Loch Lomond Cabin, Rowardennan
Ben Lomond Cottage, Tarbet
Spinnaker Apartment, Dunoon
Barnhill House Apartment, Dumbarton
Ben Arthur's Bothy, Arrochar
Loch Lomond Chalet, Rowardennan
Mount Stuart, Bute
Halftown Cottages, St Catherines
Ruskin Lodge, Dunoon




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