Dunoon is a beautiful coastal resort and maritime gateway to the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. Dunoon was once home to a large American naval base, but now enjoys much more peaceful surroundings, with a popular tourist trade and an interesting film & arts culture which is still clearly evident today. Dunoon offers a museum; fantastic leisure facilities at the local leisure centre; a large selection of craft-shops and a great collection of cafes and restaurants. The beautiful setting amongst the striking mountains and tranquil water in the Firth of Clyde makes Dunoon the ideal place for a romantic holiday retreat in Scotland.
Dunoon has a lively film & arts culture, with one of the most popular festivals in the town being the Dunoon Film Festival that takes place every year in September. The 3-day festival showcases both local and international filmmakers, including additional events and exhibitions. The event is hosted in the Dunnon Burgh Hall, the town’s culture and events hub in a grand and visually striking building. The hall offers workshops, concerts and art exhibitions all year round.
Elsewhere in Dunoon are plenty of supermarkets, traditional grocers, butchers and delicatessens to keep your romantic holiday cottage stocked with delicious food. If you don’t fancy the thought of cooking on holiday, there’s a healthy choice of restaurants and takeaways serving everything from international cuisine to hearty pub food and local ales.
Dunoon’s museum is located in a spectacular castle house nestling beneath the hills surrounding the town, offering great views of the Firth of Clyde. The Castle House Museum explores the history behind the town and castle.
The Riverside Swimming Pool and Health Centre is Dunoon’s bustling leisure centre, and having been recently refurbished is one of the big tourist attractions in the area. There are several pools and flumes, perfect for kids and adults alike.
Dunoon has one of the last standing Victorian piers in Scotland, and was one of the most popular attractions on the Firth of Clyde. Most of the pier now remains closed due to safety concerns, but it contrasts well with the neighbouring hills in Gourock and calm water in the Clyde behind it, making for a perfect photo opportunity!
There is a regular ferry service that runs across the Firth of Clyde to the towns opposite Dunoon, Gourock & Greenock. Greenock is a historic industrial town that has a large maritime history, which is reflected at the Custom House Museum. All in all, Dunoon welcomes culture and history lovers or those that just want to spend a relaxing or romantic holiday in beautiful surroundings on the west coast of Scotland.