Argyll & Bute

Our 2019 programme will be viewable soon.

This year's Argyll and Bute Doors Open Day focuses on the town of Dunoon and surrounding area. From historically significant buildings, a selection of over 50 artists studios to visit and the last Victorian wooden Pier in the UK , Dunoon offers a huge choice of buildings large and small.

Our Doors Open Days weekends are 7-8 and 28-29 September.



By Car

You can drive to Dunoon from Glasgow via either a long detour to the north around Loch Long, or through Gourock with a ferry crossing.

The northern route is relatively straightforward but it should be noted can be time-consuming, with long stretches of two-lane single carriageway. Head north past Dumbarton on the A82 to Tarbet, then take the A83 over Rest and Be Thankful to the A815 turnoff where you turn off. After passing Strachur and Lock Eck you'll reach Sandbank and thence Dunoon after about two hours.

A ferry crossing drastically reduces the distance you'll travel. Take the M8 and then A8 out of Glasgow until you reach Greenock, where you then take the A770 through Gourock to McInroy's Point. Western Ferries make frequent crossings (every 15-20 minutes on weekdays) between McInroy's Point and Hunter's Quay, just north of Dunoon at the mouth of Holy Loch. No booking is required, or even possible.

By train

Scotrail services travel frequently between Glasgow Central (High Level) and Gourock, making local stops at stations such as Paisley, Port Glasgow, and Greenock. Train connections are available to much of Scotland and England from Glasgow Central, including Edinburgh, London Euston and the rest of the West Coast Main Line, and much of the Strathclyde inner-regional system. At Gourock it's a short walk over to the ferry terminal for the Argyll Ferries [11] passenger service to Dunoon Pier. This ferry runs every half-hour on weekdays and is scheduled to connect with the trains.

By bus

McGill's Buses  run a direct bus service, the Cowal Connector, from Glasgow to Dunoon, which stays on the Western Ferries ferry. It runs every few hours or so, check the timetable for details.



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