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Loch Restil, Cowal Peninsula. (Credit: VisitScotland/ Paul Tomkins)
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Cowal Peninsula

Bounded by Loch Fyne on the west and to the east by Loch Long and the Firth of Clyde, the Cowal Peninsula has long been famed for the leisure opportunities it offers on both land and sea. While no longer hosting royal parties or wild boar hunts, the peninsula is home to the beautifully restored Victorian Dunoon Pier as well as Argyll Forest Park, the oldest in Britain.

Today, the annual Cowal Highland Gathering is the world’s largest Highland games and features the oldest pipe band competition anywhere in the world. To the southwest of the peninsula, Argyll’s Secret Coast boasts sparkling sea lochs and world-class yachting and sailing, with islands, natural harbours, anchorages and onshore facilities as well as a marina and sailing school in the village of Tighnabruaich. The Argyll Sea Kayak Trail continues to draw adventurous visitors to the clean and wildlife-rich waters around the Cowal Peninsula.  

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