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Tour Dunoon

Dunoon is a town and resort in Argyll, not far from
Gourock across the Firth of Clyde. It has the remains of a
medieval Stewart castle of which the Campbells became
hereditary keepers. It was destroyed in 1685 when the 9th Earl of Argyll was executed for treason. The town began to grow in the 19th century with holidaymakers from Glasgow travelling ‘doon the watter’ in the summer and was a focal point of the extensive Clyde-steamer services that developed during the later 19th century. From 1961 until 1992 it flourished owing to the nearby US military base at Holy Loch. There is a regular car ferry to Gourock. Cowal Highland Gathering.

Arrochar Cowal and Bute Walks25 Walks: Arrochar, Cowal and Bute 25 Walks arrochar, Cowal and bute describes 25 walks in mainly wild and beautiful Highland lanscape close to the Central Belt of Scotland. Arrochar and Cowal forms the part of Argyll between Loch Lomondside and Kintyre, while the Island of Bute lies just to the south, in the Firth of Clyde. The walks range from short town and lochside rambles to longer routes connecting far flung communities, and more strenuous hillwalks. Prehistoric standing stones, a deserted village and waterfalls are only some fascinating features found in these walks.

Villages of Southern ArgyllVillages of Southern Argyll For 5,000 years, southern Argyll has been home to people of culture, ideas, skills and power. The standing stones, cairns and cists of Mid Argyll signal an area of importance in ancient times almost unequalled throughout the British Isles. In the first millennium of the Christian era, the south of Argyll became the heart of Celtic Christianity and its missionaries influenced the whole of Scotland. It was also the cradle of a nation as the kings of Dalriada pushed east to create a united kingdom of Scotland. It is an area which is more geographically accessible than northern Argyll, but in the past that access was achieved more often by water than over land. Only the drovers pushed their black cattle through passes in the spines of rolling hills which mark each of its many peninsulas. Settlements arose where there was fertile land, access to a generous sea, a need for strategic protection,- and sometimes all three.

Archaeology of ArgyllThe Archaeology of Argyll From Neolithic monuments to the royal site of Dunadd, the region of Argyll has a rich and varied archaeological history. In this work, a team of specialists trace the history of the region through its monuments. Mesolithic Argyll, the Neolithic period, Bronze Age ritual monuments and the impact of the Scots are examined with descriptions of relevant monuments and recent finds. The book ends with a detailed look at early Christian activity and the arrival of the Norse in Argyll.

Cowal: A Historical Guide Tells the story of Cowal through its monuments and sites. The chapters, which span prehistoric times to the present-day, include a gazetteer and map to guide readers to the sites mentioned in the book. This guide is designed to be of interest to both natives and visitors to Argyll.

Images of DunoonImages of Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula Author and illustrator Scoular Anderson take s the reader along for a fresh glimpse of his native Dunoon and the magnificent Cowal peninsula. The book includes both photographs and illustrations

Dunoon and the US NavyThe American Years: Dunoon & the US Navy This book really gives an insight into how life must have been for a small Scottish community suddenly 'invaded' by hundreds of American servicemen and their families, and how it must have been for the Americans coming to a place where they had to learn how to make coal fires to keep warm and negotiate narrow streets and lanes with their big American cars. Life for the folks of Dunoon changed dramatically when the submarine base came, and changed again when the base was closed some 30 years later.

If you would like to Tour Dunoon on a highly personalized small group tour of my native Scotland please e-mail me: Sandy Stevenson

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