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Dunoon is located on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It sits on the Firth of Clyde beside the Holy Loch, across from Gourock. Dunoon pier is over one hundred years old and still receives a connecting ferry with Gourock, run by Caledonian MacBrayne. Until the late 1960s fleets of paddle steamers brought holidaymakers doon the watter from Glasgow to it and numerous other piers on the Clyde, and it is still visited by the sole surviving sea-going paddle steamer Waverley. Overlooking it is a large statue to Robert Burns' love Highland Mary, also known as Bonny Mary O' Argyll, which is located on Castle Hill, just below the remains of Dunoon Castle. Very little remains of the castle, dating from the 12th century, it would originally have belonged to the Lamont family but became a royal castle with the Earls of Argyll (Campbells) as hereditary keepers, paying a nominal rent of a single red rose to the sovereign, presently Queen Elizabeth. In earlier times, Mary, Queen of Scots, stayed at the castle circa 1563 and granted several charters during her visit. The castle was destroyed during the rebellion in 1685.

 

Dunoon Pier: A Celebration 1998 marked a century of sailing from the present Dunoon Pier. With this book, Ian McCrorie offers a soci al history of the pier, and looks forward to future developm ents for the pier.

CowalCowal: 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 Dunoon and the Cowal PeninsulaImages 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.

The Cowal Way in Argyll Cowal is part of Argyll, in the SW of the Scottish Highlands. Paradoxically, at one and the same time it is very accessible yet very little known. Despite its barriers of sea and hill, this is especially surprising because there is so much to recommend it - beauty, great peace and wildness, together with a long a fascinating history. The Cowal Way, conceived by Jim McLuckie of Colintraive and Glendaruel Community Council, is a mini long distance footpath running the length of the Cowal Peninsula. This pocket sized guide book describes, in six day-by-day sections, a continuous walk across the Cowal Peninsula. The guide begins with brief introductions to the Way and the Cowal Peninsula, followed by a summary of each of the thirteen walks. It is packed with full colour section maps, all kinds of information specific to each section including geographical, historical and archaelogical facts and a most useful "Walking and Safety Tips" section.

St John's Church Dunoon. Argyll Street, Dunoon. A magnificent nave and aisles kirk by R.A. Bryden 1877. Normandy Gothic spired tower. Galleried 'concert hall' interior. Raised choir behind central pulpit. Organ 1895. Interesting stained glass windows including Lauder Memorial.

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