Strachur & Loch Fyne
Loch Fyne is one of the longest of the sea lochs which indent the coastline of central west Scotland. Just an hour's drive from Glasgow it offers beautiful scenery and plenty to see and do. Strachur, on its eastern shore, is an attractive little village on the lochside, from where you can head to Dunoon on the Clyde, cross to Bute from Colintraive or head west and north to Inveraray and Oban.
Strachur & Loch Fyne Self Catering Cottages
Exploring the Rest of The Cowal Peninsula
North of the Cowal Peninsula is the Argyll Forest Park, the oldest in Britain, its landscape making it perfect for challenging climbs, walks, cycling, wildlife spotting and other adventure sports.
The north of the peninsula is dominated by the Arrochar Alps and the climb out of Glen Croe is named the 'Rest and Be Thankful' as it is so long and steep that it was traditional to rest at the top. Other attractions in the area include the ruins of the 15th century Carrick Castle said to be used by James IV and the Ardkinglas Woodland Garden.
The internationally renowned Benmore Younger Botanic Gardens are situated in the east of the peninsula; there are many woodland walks through the exotic species of trees and shrubs which flourish in the warm Gulf Stream.
Dunoon, the largest town on the peninsula, has a magnificent setting overlooking the Firth of Clyde with views to the mountains; the town was a popular Victorian seaside resort and was more recently used as a US Naval Base. The town hosts the internationally famous Cowal Highland Gathering in August featuring hundreds of bagpipe bands.
The western coast of the peninsula follows the long sea loch of Loch Fyne. Tighnabruaich is popular with yachtsmen and has an excellent sailing school. You can catch a ferry to the large island of Bute from Colintraive.