Knockdow House is an 18th century mansion located in Dunoon.
Dunoon is situated on the west shore of the Firth of Clyde, and on the east side of the Cowal peninsula.
The Cowal Peninsula is a mountainous part of the world that is partly covered by the Argyll Forest Park. The Cowal Peninsula is very green and mountainous; it wouldn’t be surprising if certain parts of the region had featured in a Jurassic Park movie!
Dunoon is Argyll’s biggest town. It is built around two bays: The East Bay and the West Bay. Nestled between the two bays is a patch of land that was the former site of Dunoon Castle, a former stronghold built around 1050. Unfortunately, nothing remains of the castle to this day, though it does offer wonderful views of the town and the Firth of Clyde.
In 1822, James Ewing, Lord Provost of Glasgow, built Castle House using materials removed from the remains of Dunoon Castle. According to local folklore, this was the site of one of Scotland’s first ever battles. Today, you can visit Castle House Museum, which offers a fascinating insight into life throughout the history.
Castle House’s presence was a huge motivating factor for many people to purchase riverside properties in the 1800s. In 1820, a pier was built and in the 1840s a direct steamer service to Glasgow began.
Dunoon has a very active ferry route which is one of the many reasons why the town is popular amongst tourists. In recent years, it became particularly popular amongst those seeking a seaside retreat with mountainous surroundings. Many people also visit Dunoon as a stop off on their way to the western Highlands.
If you visit Dunoon, don’t miss Benmore Botanic Garden, a magnificent 120-acre mountainside garden with plenty to explore!
Also worth visiting is Toward Point, which is south of the coast and the most southerly point of the Cowal Peninsula. Its tip is marked by a beautiful lighthouse which is today a private home. Aside from the lighthouse, you can take a visit to Castle Toward’s Court of Offices, or simply marvel at the gorgeous surroundings.
North of the coast is Ardentinny, a truly idyllic place brimming with quaint cottages and country roads. Home to around 150 people, it is peaceful, brimming with nature, and also home to the remains of Glenfinart House, which was built in 1840 but partly destroyed in a fire in 1968.
As you can see, Dunoon and the surrounding regions have a rich history and some exquisite villas and properties along the shoreline. In addition to stunning properties, there is also an outstanding town centre with many prominent amenities, including Abbots Brae Hotel and Argyll hotel. It has a thriving economy, plenty of jobs and a steady stream of tourists.