Top things to do in Cowal

Top Choice Bistro in Tighnabruaich


In the centre of Tighnabruaich village, this place offers a touch of eclecticism focused on solid British ingredients, with simple classics like asparagus with Bearnaise sauce making a lovely lunchtime treat, and a …
Gardens in Cowal

Benmore Botanic Garden

This garden, 7 miles north of Dunoon, contains Scotland's finest collection of flowering trees and shrubs, including impressive displays of rhododendrons and azaleas, and is entered along a spectacular avenue of gia…
Cultural in Dunoon

Cowal Highland Gathering

One of the closest Highland Games to the southern cities, this Dunoon extravaganza is held in late August. The spectacular finale features more than 1000 bagpipers saluting the chieftain.
Italian in Dunoon


This pretty little cottage restaurant is a welcome retreat from the vaguely depressing centre of Dunoon, with a cosy interior and a few tables in the tiny garden. It serves solid takes on Italian food, with a good r…
Cultural in Cowal


A 10-day arts and walking festival featuring art exhibitions, film screenings, guided walks and bicycle rides throughout the Cowal Peninsula.