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Local Activities

Whatever the time of year, whatever the weather, whatever stirs your passions, theres something for everyone outdoors in the Cowal Peninsula. From the tranquillity of paddle steamer cruising, hill walking and trout fly fishing to the excitement of quad-biking, wind-surfing and high speed rib boat trips. Where else could you find all of these attractions on hill, mountain, sea and loch grouped together with a backdrop of some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery?

Cruises & Sailing

Cruise the sheltered waters and beautiful coastline of Argyll with The Majestic Line 3 and 6 night cruises from Holy Loch, Dunoon, sailing to the beautiful Kyles of Bute, the spectacular sea lochs of the Cowal Peninsula and the islands of Bute, Cumbrae and Arran.

Clyde Cruising - Fancy a trip on the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world? The Waverley with a variety of trips from Dunoon Pier ranging as far as a trip to Arran or through the famous Kyles of Bute. For details of sailings and times please click here.

Holy Loch Marina - All your sailing needs are available at the Holy Loch Marina which offers all the sailing and yachting facilities you would expect to find in a first class marina.

The Majestic Line The idyllic coastlines and islands of the west coast of Scotland and the Hebrides are best visited from the sea. Visit Website

Wreckspeditions provide exhilarating Rib Rides up and down the Clyde from 20min blasts around the Holy Loch, to 1-2hr trips to the famous Sugar Wreck, the Gantocks and Seal Watching in Loch Goil. You can even charter them for a whole day! They also provide scuba diving charters to all the ancient historic shipwrecks that litter the seabed of the Clyde. Visit Website.

The Waverly Paddle Steamer Sailing

Walking & Cycling

Benmore Botanic Gardens For true drama visit Benmore Botanic Garden, renowned for its fine collections of rhododendrons and conifers grown to immense stature in a mountain landscape. Benmore's 120 acres feature a world-famous collection of plants from the Orient and the Himalaya to North and South America. Visit Website

Argyll Forest Park, part of Loch Lomond Trossachs National Park offers many varied walks from the gentle stroll to the strenuous hike and is home to many kinds of birds of prey, red deer, roe deer, red squirrels and even the elusive pine martin.

Cowal Walking and Arts Festival is held every October and offers guided walks, botanical bounties, village rambles and much more.

The Cowal Way (long distance) plus circular walks graded easy to extremely strenuous. And the flat promenade in Dunoon allows leisurely strolling for up to 4 miles.

Mountain Bike Hire - explore Cowal’s stunning scenery- bike hire from £15 for 1/2 day is available from Hunters Quay Holiday Village - call 01369 70772 or email

Adventure Activities

Looking for something more exciting? How about:

Quadmania - the ultimate quadbike experience. Also Clay Target Shooting, Archery, River Kayaking, Rock Climbing. Group and Corporate Activity Days available.

Lazer-HQ - The latest craze in all-age combat gaming! Great fun for all the family! The games use state of the art high-tech lazers. A great way to get fit, stay fit and enjoy the outdoors whilst having fun with your friends and family!

Argyll Adventure - So much to do, one location, six amazing outdoor activities. Located just outside Inveraray - great for individuals, children and families! Horse riding, Trampolines, Laser Clay Shooting, Climbing Walls, Paintball

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Abbots Brae Hotel
Bullwood Rd
PA23 7QJ

+44 (0)1369 705021

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