The Cowal peninsula nestles between the Firth of Clyde and Loch Fyne. It is easily accessible from Glasgow either for a day trip or longer. Dunoon is the main town with visitor attractions such as the Castle House Museum and visits by the paddle steamer Waverley. Just to the north of Dunoon is Benmore Botanic Garden.
A regular train service operates between Gourock and Glasgow. From Gourock you can get the ferry which plies back and forth to Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula. You have a choice of Argyll Ferries (passenger only service adjacent to Gourock railway station) or Western Ferries (operating just south of Gourock at McInroy's Point and just north of Dunoon at Hunter's Quay).
The Kyles of Bute viewpoint offers scenic views over the straits between Cowal and the isle of Bute. A 5-minute ferry crossing takes you from Colintraive (Cowal) to Rhubodach near the northern tip of Bute.
The winding road through the forests of Glendaruel takes you to Tighnabruaich which is one of the most popular and scenic villages in Cowal, with numerous amenities for the many yachts. Driving further you can reach the Calmac ferry at Portavadie which plies across Loch Fyne to Tarbert on the Kintyre peninsula.
The Loch Lomond and Cowal Way - long distance walking trail from Portavadie to Inveruglas (57 miles)
Cowal Open Studios
Wreckspeditions - diving and boat trips on the Firth of Clyde
Benmore Botanic Garden
Clyde Cruising Club - Scotland's leading yachting club
Paddle steamer Waverley