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Dunoon is a town of about 13,000 souls situated on the firth of Clyde, on the Cowal peninsula, opposite the port of Gourock.
Attractions include, the local museum, Castle House Museum and Benmore Botanic Gardens. Every year, on the last weekend in August, Dunoon hosts the world famous Cowal Gathering Highland Games.

Travel facts

Dunoon can be reached by ferry from Gourock.
Western ferries run a car ferry from McIlroy’s Point, about 2 miles from Gourock station, to Hunter’s Quay about 2 miles from Dunoon pier – three per hour. The easiest way to use this service, without a car, is McGill’s bus from Glasgow to Dunoon. Although this requires most planning as there is a limited numberof buses that do this run. However, there are local buses to McIlroy’s Point and then crossing as a foot passanger.
While, Argyll Ferries run a passenger ferry from Gourock pier to Dunoon pier; two an hour. As Gourock has a regular train service to Glasgow this may be the easier option.

The road trip avoiding ferries, from Glasgow is 80 miles whereas using a ferry reduces this to 40 miles.

Trail con't
After The Clansman Bar then back up to Argyll St and Sinbads just across the road. Walk on down Argyll St and turn right up Ferry Brae. MacClures is at the start of this and Ingram’s Bar on the next corner. Going on up the hill and turning left will take you to The Victoria Bar which is unfortunately only open at the weekend. Going back down Ferry Brae turn right along Argyll St to The Brewery and across the street from it The Argyll Hotel. The ferry terminal is straight on from here.

If you drink don't drive. Don't even putt.
Dean Martin

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Sinbads Pirate Bar had little sign of pirates or nautical theme. The longish bar counter is to the left taking up the length of the room. Further seating is to the right of entrance and this goes further back to area with pool table. Padded seating with tables and chairs is around the room with lots of standing room at the bar. Cold, on a cold day where even the barmaid had her anorak on, and not many customers.
Have a half pint here
Heavy: Bellhaven Best
Lager: Stella4; Tennent’s; Carling
Cider: Blackthorn Guinness

Mac Clure’s is a long thin bar with the long counter taking up the middle of the left hand wall. The room opens after the counter ends to hold a pool table. There is an attractive modern gantry. The counter has a brass rail around it and water dispensers sit on the bar counter. There is padded seating along the right hand wall, with small tables. The floor is black tiles and at the back lead to an outside drinking/smoking area. Darts ar at the left of the bar counter and Sky sports is available.The high ceilings have plaster work design picked out. Lots of customers on a cold day.
Have a pint here
Heavy: McEwan’s IPA; McEwan’s Export; John Smith ; Tartan; Bellhaven Best
Lager: Coors; Tennent’s; Fosters
Cider: Strongbow dark Fruits Guinness

Ingrams Bar is a corner bar with two rooms. The bar is on the corner and the lounge reached through the bar or by its own entrance at other end of pub. The bar has a tiled floor and small corner counter. There is a pool table dominating the floor space with some tables along the far wall. A short flight of stairs takes you to the lounge with its longer bar counter. This is is nicely decorated with purple padded seating around the sides accompanied by square tables and chairs. Attractive pictures on the walls. Deserted on a cold afternoon in Dunoon.
Have a pint here (in lounge)
Heavy: Caledonia Best; Mc Ewan’s 80/-; Tartan
Lager: Stella4; Tennent’s; Carling
Cider: Strongbow Guinness

The Victoria bar

Closed during visit



The Brewery advertised real ale but did not have any pumps. Seems pub has only just changed ownership - Good Luck!. Bottles of fine Ales. This was a small one roomed bar with a pool table dominating the middle of the room. Padded seating around sides with tables and chairs. Again a cold bar with staff wearing coats and not many customers.
Have a half pint here
Heavy: Caledonia Best
Lager: Stella; Tennent’s; Carling
Cider: Magners Guinness

The Argyll Hotel (Best Western) has a small bar off of the main sitting/dining area. This room can be entered via the main entrance and turning right or by stairs, leading to a balcony with a curved outside wall, to the right of the main entrance. The main room has dining sized tables and chairs along the windows with views out across the water, and also has some sofas beside the fireplace. The bar counter is in a small room off of the sitting area with bar stools and some standing room.
Have a pint here

Heavy: Caledonia Best
Lager: Stella; Tennent’s
Cider: Magners Guinness

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