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  • Writer's pictureAbigail Daly

Rainy-day fun

Updated: Jan 1

This may come as a shock but... it can rain in Argyll! We're blessed to be near ancient Caledonian rainforest, lochs and glens, waterfalls and streams - but none would be possible without the millennia of rain creating unique eco-systems and dramatic scenery. The trick is to come prepared and make the most of those rainy days - whether you decide to hide away indoors or get out and about. Here are some 'pro tips'.

Indoor escapes


Dunoon's Studio Cinema is located on John Street and has two screens, one large (Cinema 1) and one small (Cinema 2). It features comfortable seating and a range of films to suit all tastes, from Hollywood blockbusters to independent and foreign films. The cinema also hosts occasional special events, such as Q&A sessions and there is a regular Film Festival that takes place in November each year.

Castle House Museum

Castle House Museum is a fascinating attraction jam-packed with objects relating to the area's history. The museum showcases the rich history and culture of the Cowal Peninsula through a range of exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays. Visitors can learn about everything from the area's geology and wildlife to its maritime heritage and wartime experiences.

Dunoon Burgh Hall

Dunoon Burgh Hall is a vibrant community arts centre that hosts a range of exhibitions, performances, and workshops throughout the year. The building itself is a beautifully restored Victorian hall that provides a stunning backdrop for events and activities. It has a great cafe that caters for vegan and gluten-free diets and stocks work by local artists and makers so is great for picking up a gift or souvenir.

Dunoon swimming pool

Riverside Swimming and Health Centre is a modern facility that offers a range of swimming programs and fitness classes for people of all ages and abilities. The pool features a main swimming area, a toddler pool, and a hydrotherapy pool, as well as a sauna and steam room.

Do some shopping

Argyll Street and Hillfoot Street are the main shopping areas in Dunoon and are well worth exploring. You'll find a Argyll Vintners, Bookpoint (a brilliant bookshop), and gift shops like Doon the Watter as well as a butcher, baker and record shop. Many high streets are suffering and we'd encourage all our guests to support the independent businesses in and around Dunoon.

Find a pub!

There are few things more comforting than sitting by a warm fire in a cosy pub while the rain lashes the windows. There are lots of historic drovers' inns in the area - many are hundreds of years old and full of character. The Whistlefield Inn (our favourite), the Coylet Inn, the Strone Inn and the Ardentinny are great options.

Hunkering down at the lodges

Of course, you can just stay put and enjoy putting your feet up back at the lodges. There are board games, books and films for entertainment and comfy sofas to relax on. After all, you are on holiday...

Getting out and about

Come prepared

An obvious tip is to bring waterproofs and an umbrella - so you can still go for walks and see the sights. If you forget to bring yours, there are charity shops and outdoor clothing stores in Dunoon that can help kit you out.

Tip: Puck's Glen, just behind the lodges, is even more spectacular during or after rain. Worth braving the weather, just watch your step and wear appropriate footwear.

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