The Cowal Peninsula

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The Cowal Peninsula, in Argyll, Scotland is a hidden gem. It’s quiet and unspoilt and although it seems remote it’s actually not too far away from Scotland’s largest city. Especially if you go by ferry from Gourock to Dunoon.

My first visit to The Cowal Peninsula was when I was producing a couple of films for The Friends of Loch Lomond. The films were part of a series of short stories, celebrating park people and their lives. A total of 9 films each featured a person and their live and work in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, two from that series featured Cowal residents and you can watch them below.

The first was Neil McCheyne who works at Benmore Botanical Gardens, near Dunoon

and the other was  about Steve Gillon who is an Education Officer for the Forestry Commission in the Argyll Forest

As you can see by watching the films above the scenery is stunning. Here are my photographs of the Cowal Peninsula, taken not just during that filming but during many visits since. My most recent photographs feature the wonderful Portavadie Marina and its hotel. More pictures from there to come…


Starting with the breathtaking road trip to get there. This is the famous Rest and Be Thankful.


Alternatively you can go by Cal Mac ferry from Gourock to Dunoon. This is the view from the ferry when leaving Dunoon.


Back in Dunoon and the Paddle Steamer Waverley arrives at the pier.


Another pier, this time it’s Blairmore


With the view inland from the pier at Blairmore


Blairmore Pier


The famous avenue of trees at Benmore Botanical Gardens


A spring scene at Benmore Botanical Gardens, well worth a visit


A view in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park that you don’t see that often. Carrick Castle.


Carrick Castle, Cowal Peninsula


A bench with a view, Strachur, Cowal Peninsula


A bus stop with a view! Lochgoilhead


Back to Portavadie and its marina


Portavadie with views over Argyll, Bute and over to Arran


The incredible outdoor infinity pool with its views. It’s warm too!


I really recommend a stay at Portavadie Marina for you and your boat!

About Me:

I am a Family Portrait & Wedding Photographer, I also create photography and video for business offering on-line content and marketing support. I run regular introduction to photography training courses, ideal if you you want to learn how your camera works and take better photographs. I am based in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and work throughout Scotland including Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh as well as Loch Lomond.

See more at my website – or call me on 01360 661029.

Further Reading

You my also enjoy my other travel photography blog of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park interesting, plus some more places within Scotland’s First National Park including Balmaha, Conic Hill and Inchcailloch Island. Further afield I have also blogged about Cape Town, South Africa, Martha’s Vineyard in America and English Bay, Vancouver, Canada.

Thanks for reading my photography blog of The Cowal Peninsula.

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