The Innellan Cottages are tucked up a quiet lane (there’s no through traffic) in the small village of Innellan, just 4 miles south of Dunoon, on the Cowal peninsula. Dunoon has been a popular tourist area for over 100 years and is an ideal base for exploring the wild mountains and lochs of Cowal, the many lovely towns and villages of Argyll, and the stunning scenery of the west coast of Scotland.Innellan has just won a Gold Award plus Best Coastal Village Award in the 2023 Keep Scotland Beautiful awards! It’s a peaceful small village with a lovely pebbly beach; fantastic scenery with hills and forests; a range of activities such as tennis, golf, sailing, biking, walking and pony-trekking; a community owned village shop and post-office (The Lido) as well as a lovely restaurant and a traditional bar.There’s always a lot happening in Cowal! You can keep up-to-date on the latest events on our Facebookpage, Wild about Argyll and Dunoon Presents.Dunoon is the main town of the Cowal Peninsula, where you’ll find everything you need for your holiday, including a range of lovely independant shops, two supermarkets, restaurants & cafes, pharmacies, doctors surgeries, a hospital and a vet surgery.Cowal is an area of unspoiled mountains, lochs, forests and beaches, home to the Argyll Forest Park and south-western gateway to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
Places to explore
Dunoon is ideally situated for exploring the towns and villages of Argyll, from Inverary and Loch Fyne in the north, to the Isle of Bute in the south. The countryside surrounding Dunoon boasts a host of lovely villages to explore, such as Kilmun, Ardentinny, Tighnabruaich, Kilfinan, Colintraive and Strachur.For longer day-trips there is the lovely harbour town of Oban and the splendour of Glencoe and the Highlands. While across the Firth of Clyde there are the traditional coastal towns of Largs and Troon, and of course Glasgow makes a enjoyable and easy day-trip.
Cowal is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise! There are countless fabulous walking routes that snake their ways through uninhabited glens and others that climb high into the mountains (the Loch Lomond & Cowal Way is a long-distance walk of 57 miles from Portavadie by Loch Fyne in the west, to Ardgarten by Loch Long in the east); there are a huge range of mountain bike paths across the hills of Cowal; there is fantastic network of quiet roads for roadbiking; there are quiet tracks for pony trekking; beautiful reservoirs and sea inlets for fishing and an amazing array of wildlife including many sea birds, birds of prey, deer, pine martins, red squirrels, otters and dolphins.You’ll find a great range of activities right here in Innellan:•TENNIS at Innellan Tennis/Bowling club- less than a minute from the cottages. The cost is just £4pp (donation to the club)•Pony-trekking at the Velvet Path: 01369 830580•Golf at Innellan Golf Club•Fishing, Dunoon Angling Club•Beach combing, stone skimming & sandcastle making - at the end of Trinity Lane!•Sailing and watersports the Toward Seasports Club•Walking & cylcing: there are a HUGE variety of fantastic walks & cycle paths on our doorstep and within easy reach of the cottages. Both cottages have sheds to store your cycles. Please do get in touch if you’d like ideas of where to go, I’ll be happy to help!
Here are some of some of the best annual events that are held in Cowal (see Dunoon Presents for a host of other events taking place throughout the year):The Cowal Highland Gathering (Cowal Games) is held in August and is one of the biggest and most spectacular highland games in Scotland!Cowal FESTa five-day family friendly walking festival that showcases the beautiful scenery and fascinating heritage of the spectacular Cowal peninsulaCowal Open Studios over 50 artists and makers who live in Cowal open the doors of their studios and invite you to visitDunoon Presents, Dunoon - enjoy a range of sporting challenges including the Dunoon 10K, Ultra Marathon & Relay and Dunoon Half-Marathon: Have you got what it takes to enter any of these events?!Dunoon Dazzles, a winter day of family festive fun with a street Christmas market, reindeer parade, funfair rides, santa claus and bands.
There are a host of great places to eat out in Cowal, including a couple of very good restaurants/pubs in walking distance of the cottages.•The Osborne Innellan•The Royal BarInnellan*•Swallow Cafea traditional style cafe*•Chatters, Dunoon - a pop-up style restaurant perfect for a special occasion•Shiela’s Diner, Kilmun - not fancy, but a traditional diner with tasty, big portions•The Shore CafeStrone - family-run cafe looking over the Holy Loch•Rio for Italian•3-in-1 Dunoon if you fancy a generous & tasty take-away•Coast Coffee a tiny take-away, perched by the pier, serving good snacks, coffee & ice-creams•The WhistlefieldLoch Eck - old traditional pub/restaurant with fantastic views*•The CoyletLoch Eck - old traditional pub/restaurant serving good food*•51st State and La Cantina an American diner with regular live music upstairs, and a cosy Italian restraurant downstairs•The Lorne for good food and drinks*•Inver Strathlachlan - a well renowned small restaurant seving local, delicous dishes•The BlairmoreBlairmore - cafe serving lovely homemade treats*•Loch Fyne Oyster Bar Cairndow - 50mins away and a lovely drive for fantastic local seafood* indicates dog-friendly, though it’s best to always check in advance!