RARE WILDLIFE, GORGEOUS LANDSCAPES, RICH CULTURE AND EPIC HISTORY
Cowal is a very special place. We discovered the area a few years ago and loved it so much, we moved! We are proud to call ourselves 'locals' now and hope you are inspired to come visit.
FILMS FEATURING COWAL AND ARGYLL
A Sense of Place - #1: Argyll Forest Park
This fantastic film by Max Smith captures the area immediately around the lodge during the autumn a few years ago. It features much of the wildlife guests regularly see - red squirrels, deer and birds.
Music: This Will Destroy You - Killed The Lord, Left For The New World | Camera: Max Smith, Michael Hodges | Editing: Max Smith | Sound: Max Smith | Assistant: Jasper Broadhurst
Wild About Argyll A Different Pace
This film, featuring cyclist Mark Beaumont, showcases some of the many activities you can enjoy in the area as well as places you can visit if you are based at the lodge. Morrocco Media created this edit for 'Wild About Argyll' - for more information visit www.wildaboutargyll.co.uk
Scottish Enduro Series 2017: Round 3 - Dunoon
Dunoon is developing a great reputation for its local mountain biking trails. This film is from the 2017 competition which starts at the historic pier and goes in-land through the many forest routes. Filmed by Glen Thomson for the Scottish Enduro Series.
THERE ARE LOTS OF ACTIVITIES TO ENJOY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
WALKING AND HIKING
One of the most famous walks is along Puck’s Glen, which starts directly behind Lamont Lodges. Waterfalls and rock pools are at every turn, and the deep gorge has a magical, atmospheric quality to it. There are several loops through the Glen, taking from 30 minutes to 2 hours. If you have a dog with you, Ruskin Lodge is a fantastic place to stay, with many walks starting from your doorstep and no roads to navigate or cars needed!
For other walks in the area, and for more adventurous hikes and climbs visit the Forestry Commission or Walk Highlands websites.
It is said that there are more miles of coastline in Argyll than in the whole of France, so unsurprisingly, the area has many water-based attractions and activities. The Holy Loch Marina is just a short ten-minute drive away and is a wonderful spot from which to explore the area. There are many opportunities to fish in the area including the River Eachaig which is a ten-minute walk away and Loch Eck, a ten-minute drive away. For more information and licenses visit the Dunoon and District Angling Club.
Argyll’s landscapes, wildlife and communities have long attracted artists to the area and there are many people keeping traditional crafts alive. As well as galleries in Blairmore, Dunoon and Tighnabruaich, there is the annual Cowal Open Studios, which take place in September, and showcase artists of all kinds. Many of the artists welcome visitors (by appointment) at other times of the year.
Argyll has a long and rich history and is peppered with castles, grand houses, drovers’ inns and churches. ‘Historic Kilmun’ features Argyll Mausoleum and is located next to the church in Kilmun. It was the burial place for the Dukes and Earls of Argyll, Chiefs of the Clan Campbell, from the 14th century until 1949. Robert Burns’ famous ‘Highland Mary’ was brought up in Dunoon and a statue to her was erected opposite the pier, looking back to Ayrshire, where Burns lived.
The spectacular and ever-changing Benmore Botanic Gardens are a pleasant 20-minute walk or 2-minute drive away. A network of paths lead you to many wonderful views of the valley and across to neighbouring mountain ranges. Highlights include the Giant Redwood Avenue, Victorian Fernery and formal garden. There is a cafe which provides tea, coffee, light snacks and hot meals, and a small gift shop selling local crafts. The area is a haven for birds of prey, red deer and red squirrels and the surrounding seas attracts seals, minke whales, porpoises, rissos, white beaked and bottlenose dolphins which you can explore on a wildlife cruise or beach walk. Rare pine marten have also been spotted locally.
There are a wide range of local produce that you can enjoy in local restaurants, bars or bought directly. You can buy free-range eggs from Marshall’s, venison from Winston Churchill, award winning ales from Fyne Ales and of course seafood from the famous Loch Fyne Oyster Bar & Restaurant.