Dunoon (/duˈnn/; Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Omhain [t̪un ˈo.ɪɲ]) is the main town on the Cowal peninsula in the south of Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It is located on the western shore of the upper Firth of Clyde, to the south of the Holy Loch and to the north of Innellan.[2] As well as forming part of the council area of Argyll and Bute, Dunoon also has its own community council.[3] Dunoon was a burgh until 1976.[4]

Harbour at Dunoon, looking north over Dunoon Pier to the Firth of Clyde and Dunoon Harbour from Castle Hill (1997)
Dunoon is located in Argyll and Bute
Location within Argyll and Bute
Population7,660 (mid-2020 est.)[1]
OS grid referenceNS173769
• Edinburgh67 mi (108 km)
• London364 mi (586 km)
Council area
  • Argyll and Bute
Lieutenancy area
  • Argyll and Bute
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDUNOON
Postcode districtPA23
Dialling code01369
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°57′03″N 4°55′34″W / 55.9509°N 4.9262°W / 55.9509; -4.9262

The early history of Dunoon often revolves around two feuding clans: the Lamonts and the Campbells. The town was a popular destination when travel by steamships was common around the Firth of Clyde; Glaswegians described this as going doon the watter.[5] This diminished, and many holidaymakers started to go elsewhere as roads and railways improved and the popularity of overseas travel increased.

In 1961, during the height of the Cold War, Dunoon became a garrison town to the United States Navy. In 1992, shortly after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, they closed their Holy Loch base in Sandbank, and neighbouring Dunoon suffered an economic downturn. Since the base's closure, the town and surrounding area are again turning to tourism, marketing to outdoor enthusiasts and wildlife lovers, as well as promoting festivals and competitions. The largest annual event held in the town is the Cowal Highland Gathering, which has been held since 1894.[6] The Royal National Mòd has also been held in the town.[7]

History edit

Dunoon Pier, looking southeast
East Bay, looking north, including the Argyll Hotel

Dunoon Castle was built on a small, partly artificial, conical hill beside the Firth of Clyde in the 12th century, of which low walls remain.[8] It eventually became a royal castle with the Earls of Argyll (Campbells) as hereditary keepers, paying a nominal rent of a single red rose to the sovereign. Mary, Queen of Scots, visited Dunoon Castle on 26 July 1563 and granted several charters during her visit.[9] In 1646 the Dunoon massacre of members of Clan Lamont by members of Clan Campbell took place. The castle was destroyed during Argyll's Rising, a rebellion in 1685 against James VII.[10]

In the early 19th century, the town's main street, Argyll Street, stopped at Moir Street. Instead of continuing to Dunoon Pier, it turned right at today's Sinbad's Bar. Before Dunoon Burgh Hall was built, beginning in 1873, the land was an open field, owned by James MacArthur Moir, leading to an area known as the Gallowhill. There were no streets and houses between Argyll Street and Edward Street. Argyll Street, roughly as it is seen today, was completed by 1870. Moir donated some of his land for the building of the Burgh Hall, but he did not get to see its completion; he died by suicide in 1872.[4]

Dunoon in the 21st century is overlaid with the ghost of a town which, in 1885, possessed two banks, 21 insurance agencies, 10 hotels, a gas company, two bowling greens, three weekly papers, the West of Scotland Convalescent Sea-side Homes (complete with Romanesque hydropathic spa) and the lavishly appointed second homes of some of Scotland's most successful people.

— Saving the Hall (Jay Merrick, 2017)[11]

The two banks mentioned above were the Union Bank of Scotland and the City of Glasgow Bank.[12] The hydropathic spa, meanwhile, was "an elegant new baths building, named Ardvullin, erected a little to the north of the village as a hydropathic establishment, where baths - hot, cold, artificial salt, and Turkish — may be had at moderate charges."[13]

Many of the town's early villas had their own private bathing ground or boxes.

The best bathing place for ladies is the West Bay. Gentlemen's bathing places: Rocks, foot of Castle Hill, deep at all states of the tide. Sand: beyond Baugie Burn, beginning of Bullwood, shallow and sandy. Rocks: behind Argyll Hotel, available only at high water. Kirn Pier and Hunters Quay, deep water.

— Colegate's Guide to Dunoon, Kirn, and Hunter's Quay (John Colegate, 1868)[13]

The population of the united parishes of Dunoon and Kilmun in 1861 was 5,444; in 1866 the estimated population of Dunoon, from Baugie Burn to Hunters Quay, was 3,000.[14]

Submarine passing Kirn, viewed from Gourock

During the World Wars, as the main part of the Firth of Clyde defences, the Cloch Point-to-Dunoon anti-submarine boom was anchored to the shore in Dunoon below Castle Hill.[15][16] A Palmerston Fort and camp at Ardhallow Battery in the south of the town provided one of the coastal defence gun emplacements that covered the anti-submarine boom and Firth of Clyde waters. There also was a gun emplacement atop Castle Hill.

In 1961, as the Cold War intensified, the Holy Loch's importance grew when the U.S. Navy submarine tender USS Proteus brought Polaris ballistic missiles, nuclear submarines to the Firth of Clyde at Sandbank. Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament protesters drew this to the public's attention.[17] Holy Loch was, for thirty years, the home port of U.S. Navy Submarine Squadron 14 and Dunoon, therefore, became a garrison town.

In 1991, the Holy Loch base was deemed unnecessary following the demise of the Soviet Union and was subsequently withdrawn. The last submarine tender to be based there, the USS Simon Lake, left Holy Loch in March 1992, leading to a major and continuing downturn in the local economy.[11]

In May 2012, Dunoon and Campbeltown were jointly named as the rural places in Scotland most vulnerable to a downturn in a report by the Scottish Agricultural College looking at ninety places.[18][19]

Government and politics edit

Dunoon is represented in the Scottish Parliament by Jenni Minto, of the Scottish National Party (SNP), who holds the Argyll and Bute seat.[20] Dunoon also lies within the Highlands and Islands electoral region, from which a further seven additional members are elected to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

In the House of Commons, Dunoon is represented by the SNP's Brendan O'Hara, who holds a seat also titled Argyll and Bute,[21] although this seat has different boundaries from the one used for the Scottish Parliament.

Argyll and Bute Council is the Local Authority for the council area covering Dunoon. It is one of 32 such council areas across Scotland. Dunoon forms a single ward for elections to Argyll and Bute Council, electing three councillors via the single transferable vote system. At the last election, held in May 2017, one independent and one member from each of the SNP and the Conservatives was elected to represent the town.[22]

Dunoon has a community council,[23] whose primary role is to represent the views of the community to the Local Authority and other public bodies.[24]

Religion edit

The High Kirk, built in 1816

Today, there are a number of churches in Dunoon, including:

Church of Scotland: St John's Church

Roman Catholic: Our Lady and St Mun's Church[25]

Other churches:

Historical edit

There is evidence of an episcopal seat at Dunoon from the latter part of the 15th century. No remains of the Bishop's Palace now exist, the site is now occupied by the playground of Dunoon Primary School, between Hillfoot Street and Kirk Street.[29]

Defunct religious buildings

Culture edit

Architecture edit

Dunoon Pier edit

Dunoon Pier, pictured in 2011

Dunoon's Victorian pier was extended to the current structure between 1896 and 1898.[33] It was shortened to allow the building of a breakwater in 2005, just to the south of the pier. As well as protecting the pier and its architecture from storm surges, a new link span was installed alongside the breakwater. This was to allow the berthing and loading of roll-on/roll-off ferries instead of the side-loading ferries that used to serve the pier. A tender to serve the new link-span between two interested parties, Caledonian MacBrayne and Western Ferries, came to nothing. Prior to June 2011, the pier was in daily use by Caledonian MacBrayne, who ran a regular foot passenger and car-ferry service to Gourock. However, after June 2011, a renewed tendering process produced a passenger-only ferry service (Argyll Ferries, owned by Caledonian MacBrayne) using the breakwater for berthing. On 1 September 2004, during the construction of the breakwater, the cargo vessel Jackie Moon (82 metres in length) ran aground on the breakwater, with six people on board. Since the breakwater became operational in June 2011, Argyll Ferries operate from this docking facility. The Waverley struck the breakwater on 26 June 2009, with some 700 people on board. The pier was partially refurbished by Argyll and Bute Council during 2015. Now containing meeting rooms, it is purely a tourist attraction.[34]

Burgh Hall edit

Dunoon Burgh Hall, 2012

Dunoon Burgh Hall opened in 1874, the work of notable Glasgow architect Robert Alexander Bryden, who is buried in Dunoon Cemetery, a mile to the north. It is a Scottish baronial-style building that housed the municipal offices and had a hall accommodating 500 people.[35] The Category B listed building re-opened in June 2017, and is a fully accessible venue for exhibitions, performances and gatherings. Alongside a gallery and theatre, the venue offers creative workshop space, a garden and a café.[36][37][38]

Other buildings edit

On 20 August 2021, several Argyll Street buildings were destroyed in an arson attack.[39]

Landmarks and attractions edit

Highland Mary statue

Mary Campbell, also known as "Highland Mary" and "Bonny Mary O' Argyll", was born at Auchamore Farm in Dunoon. She had a relationship with the bard Robert Burns.[40] The Highland Mary statue was erected in 1896; it is prominently sited on Castle Hill, overlooking the breakwater in Dunoon.[41][42][43][44][45]The statue is a scheduled monument (LB26437). [46]

The war memorial of Dunoon is located in the Castle Gardens, overlooking the pier.[47]

The Queen's Hall is the town's major multi-function hall complex.[48] It is situated opposite the head of the Victorian pier and built in 1958. It was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 11 August 1958.[49] The building houses four function suites and a large main hall. The main hall has a stage with professional sound and lighting equipment, and attracted popular acts such as Pink Floyd,[50] Blur, the Saw Doctors, David Gray, Morrissey, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Primal Scream and comedians Kevin Bridges, Bill Bailey and Roy Chubby Brown. In late 2015 the Queen's Hall was closed to enable a major refurbishment. In December 2016, it was announced that the refurbishment would not commence until January 2017.[51] The Queens Hall reopened in August 2018.[52]

Riverside Swim and Health Centre, including an indoor pool (25m long) and associated facilities, located on Alexandra Parade.

Dunoon Library is situated in the rebuilt Queens Hall at the Castle Gardens.[53]

A small group of rocks, known as the Gantocks, lie off the coast at Dunoon. The navigation beacon on the Gantocks in the Firth of Clyde is close to the coast at Dunoon. It was built in 1886.[54]

The Clan Lamont Memorial, also known as the Dunoon Massacre Memorial, is on Tom-A-Mhoid Road close to Castle Hill. It was dedicated in 1906 and commemorates the Dunoon massacre of 1646, when the Campbell Clan attacked the Lamont Clan, killing over 200 people.[55][56]

Local wildlife includes seals, otters, dolphins, basking sharks, roe deer, red deer, red squirrels, and many species of birds.[57]

The Castle House Museum opens during the summer season. It holds historical information and displays for Dunoon and the Cowal peninsula.[58]

Festivals edit

Panoramic view of the 2014 Cowal Highland Gathering

The Cowal Highland Gathering, established in 1894, attracts contestants and spectators from all over the world.[59] It is held annually over the final weekend in August at Dunoon Stadium.[60]

Cowal Open Studios, held over a fortnight in September, gives the opportunity to visit the studios of artists around Dunoon and Cowal.

Cowalfest celebrates the outdoors activities like rambling around Dunoon for ten days in October.

Since the 1930s Dunoon has hosted the Royal National Mòd a number of times – 1930, 1950, 1968, 1994, 2000, 2006, 2012 and 2018.[61]

In 2013, the first Dunoon Film Festival was held over three days and opened with first public screening of Your Cheatin' Heart, a series made by the BBC that had last been shown on television in 1990.[62]

Transport edit

Dunoon is accessible by direct land and sea routes and indirectly by rail at Gourock.

Road edit

Dunoon lies towards the southern end of the A815 road. At its northernmost point, near Cairndow, this road joins the A83 and provides access to the town by road from Loch Lomond / Glasgow in the east, from Inveraray / Oban in the north and from Campbeltown in the west.

Ferry edit

Two ferry operators provide services to Dunoon from Gourock, Inverclyde.

Caledonian MacBrayne

Argyll Flyer in the current CalMac livery, approaching Dunoon Pier

The public service route provided by the Scottish Government owned Caledonian MacBrayne, which is a foot-passenger-only service between Dunoon Breakwater and Gourock pier, giving easy access to the National Rail Network.[63]

Preceding station   Ferry   Following station
Terminus   Caledonian MacBrayne

Western Ferries

One of Western Ferries current fleet MV Sound of Soay

Local company Western Ferries (Clyde) LTD, carries motor vehicles and foot passengers between Hunters Quay near Dunoon and McInroy's Point on the A770, (Cloch Road). [64]

Preceding station   Ferry   Following station
Terminus   Western Ferries
  McInroy's Point

Travel connections

For foot passengers at Gourock Pier, a ScotRail train service provides access to the National Rail network at Glasgow Central, via the local service Inverclyde Line.[65]

Bus edit

Public transport within Dunoon and the surrounding area is provided under government subsidy by bus and coach operator West Coast Motors.

West Coast Motors' route 486 provides a regular return journey from Dunoon town centre to Inveraray, where it connects with a Scottish Citylink service 926 and 976 onward to Campbeltown, Oban, Glasgow and points in-between.[66] Route 478 runs from Dunoon Pier to Portavadie six days a week.[67]

Historical edit

The steamboat Caledonia departing Dunoon Pier in 1967
The paddle steamer Waverley arriving at Dunoon Pier

Modern Dunoon owes its existence to steam power; as late as 1822 there were only three or four slated houses, the rest of the residences being traditional Highland cottages.[68] In the New Statistical Account, the MP James Ewing from Glasgow is named as beginning the expansion of the village when he built Castle House close to Dunoon Castle.[69] The growth of the village increased from that time, paralleling the engineering-led growth of the steamers.[70] Other infrastructural advances also helped like the construction of a 130-yard-long (120-metre) jetty in 1835.[71] From 1812 to the late 1960s, thousands of holiday-makers travelled doon the watter from Glasgow and industrial Lanarkshire to Dunoon and to numerous other town piers on the Firth of Clyde.

In 1868, the following summer excursions by water could be had from Dunoon (going and returning the same day):[72]

Only one Clyde steamer, the Waverley, satisfies demand for this business today. It berths at the breakwater when visiting Dunoon during its summer season.[73]

Education edit

Dunoon is served by three primary schools. Dunoon Primary School is on Hillfoot Street; this building was the original 1641 location of Dunoon Grammar School. St Muns Primary School[74] is on Pilot Street and Kirn Primary School is on Park Road.[75]

Dunoon Grammar School is located on Ardenslate Road in Kirn.

The University of the Highlands and Islands' Argyll College has a campus in Dunoon, located in the West Bay, near the breakwater and Castle Hill.[76]

Sport and recreation edit

National Cycle Route 75 edit

Dunoon is on the NCR75 a route from Edinburgh to Tarbert on the Kintyre peninsula.[77] The National Cycle Network is maintained by sustrans.[78]

Dunoon Stadium edit

Dunoon Stadium, pictured in 2019, looking southeast towards the town

The town's sporting arena is Dunoon Stadium, which is located in the north of the town on Argyll Street. When it hosted football matches, it had the largest capacity of any amateur ground in Scotland.[citation needed] It later became the focal point of the Cowal Highland Gathering. Motorcycle dirt track racing (or speedway) was staged at the stadium on 18 June 1932 as part of the annual Dunoon and Cowal Agricultural Show. A demonstration event had been staged in May 1932.

The Dunoon Youth Football League (DYFL), founded in 1981, is a voluntary organisation that teaches football skills to all interested children with ages between 4 and 17. The DYFL have their own clubhouse and changing facilities at Dunoon Stadium. All coaches are parents who have received coaching certification through the Scottish Youth Football Association (SYFA), and the club has a PGA officer and coaches with Sports Injuries First Aid certification.

Cowal Rugby Club was formed in 1976. In 2008 it scored its first league victory in the Scottish Hydro Electric Western Regional League West Division 2.

Dunoon Amateurs F.C. was founded in 1975 and play football at Dunoon Stadium and Dunoon Grammar School.

Dunoon Camanachd was established in 2015; the shinty team started competing in South Division 2, in 2016.

Cowal Golf Club is situated on the hillside above Kirn. Founded in October 1891, initially as a nine-hole course designed by Willie Campbell from Bridge of Weir.[79] It was formerly an eighteen-hole course, reconstructed by James Braid between 1924 and 1928.[80] The current clubhouse was built in 1996. Due to financial issues, club assets were sold off in 2020.[81] The golf club is still trading, although as a result of a land sale the course is now only a twelve-hole course. The club is now owned by "Cowal Golf and Lodge Resort Ltd.[82]

The two bowling clubs in Dunoon are Dunoon Argyll Bowling Club, on Mary Street, and Bogleha' Bowling Club, on Argyll Street.

In 2006 and 2007, the town hosted a six-a-side swamp football tournament that attracted around 500 players and 1,000 spectators.[83][84]

Castle Tennis Club is situated in the town's Castle Garden. The club has two concrete and two all-weather courts, all lighted.

Every year in June, the town hosts the Argyll Rally, a motorsport event that takes place on closed public roads around the local area. The rally counts as a round of the Scottish Rally Championship and brings competitors from all over United Kingdom.[85]

Walks edit

Tom Odhar summit, Bishop's Glen track

Trails (walks, running and mountain biking) thread through the hills surrounding Dunoon. Corlarach Hill has waymarked routes for walkers, mountain biking and horse riders.[86][87] These trails are located next to the Bishop's Glen.

Puck's Glen is a popular short walk set in the hills close to Benmore Botanic Garden. (The arboretum at Benmore Botanic Garden, formerly a private garden for the Younger family,[88] is now open to the public. It comprises 60 hectares (150 acres) and features some of the tallest trees in Britain, including the avenue of Giant Redwoods (Sequoia), some of which are over 37 metres (120 ft) high.[89] One of Dunoon's listed buildings is the Grade 2 Victorian fernery, which was reopened in 2009 after an 18-month restoration.)[90] Part of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the Garden is 7 miles (11 kilometres) north of the town, just before Loch Eck. A tumbling burn, criss-crossed by bridges, is enclosed by rocky walls heavily hung with mosses and overshadowed by dense trees. The walk has clear, waymarked paths. The glen is named after Puck, from A Midsummer Night's Dream.[91]

Morag's Fairy Glen is a short gorge walk, with trails alongside the Berry Burn, located on the hill behind the West Bay area of Dunoon.[92][93][94]

The Bishop's Glen Reservoir trail follows the shore of the remaining one of three reservoirs in the glen, that used to supply fresh water to Dunoon.[95] The reservoir is damming the Balgaidgh Burn (Balgie) and is now a freshwater fly fishing location.[96] Access to the hills behind Dunoon, including Corlarach Hill, is available from the Bishop's Glen Reservoir trail.

Media edit

Dunoon's local weekly newspaper is the Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard, which was founded in 1871 in Sandbank by editor and proprietor William Inglis Sr.[97][98] (The town once had three other newspapers, namely the Cowal Watchman (1876),[99] Dunoon Herald and Cowal Advertiser[100] and the Dunoon Telegraph.)[101]

Dunoon Community Radio was launched in 2009.[102] Broadcasting on 97.4 FM from the Dunoon Observer building, it is an independent social business entirely staffed by volunteers.

Notable people edit

Gallery edit

Geography edit

Dunoon is on the west coast of the upper Firth of Clyde,[121] and on the east coast of the claw-shaped Cowal peninsula.

Much of the Cowal peninsula is covered with forest, particularly in the northern stretches and to the west and south with small patches in the south-east and east. To the north and north-west is the Argyll Forest Park that was established in 1935.[122]

Climate edit

As with the rest of the British Isles, Dunoon has a maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters. It is an exceptionally wet part of the country, particularly so for a place near sea-level, with annual average rainfall totals nearing 2,400 mm (94 in).

Recorded temperature extremes since 1960 range from 29.6 °C (85.3 °F) during July 1983[123] to as low as −13.9 °C (7.0 °F) during January 1982.[124]

Climate data for Benmore Botanic Gardens 12m asl, 1971–2000, extremes 1960– (Weather station 7 mi (11 km) to the North of Dunoon)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 14.4
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 6.5
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) 1.0
Record low °C (°F) −13.9
Average precipitation mm (inches) 298.76
Source: Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute[125]

References edit

  1. ^ "Mid-2020 Population Estimates for Settlements and Localities in Scotland". National Records of Scotland. 31 March 2022. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  2. ^ "OS 25-inch map 1892–1949, with Bing opacity slider". National Library of Scotland. Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Dunoon Community Council | Home & Latest News". www.community-council.org.uk.
  4. ^ a b "Dunoon Burgh Hall Chronicles, issue 1" (PDF).[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Scottish phrase of the week: Doon the watter". www.scotsman.com. 21 October 2014.
  6. ^ www.samteq.co.uk, SAMTEQ. "Cowal Highland Gathering – World's Biggest Highland Games". Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  7. ^ info@reefnet.co.uk. "An Comunn Gàidhealach – Royal National Mod : Mod News". Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Dunoon Castle". Canmore. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Gazetteer for Scotland: Dunoon". Scottish-places.info. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  10. ^ Kennedy, A. (2016). "Rebellion, Government and the Scottish Response to Argyll's Rising of 1685" (PDF). Journal of Scottish Historical Studies. 36: 40–59. doi:10.3366/jshs.2016.0167.
  11. ^ a b "If you rebuild it, they will come: Unlocking local creativity 'doon the watter' | Jay Merrick"[permanent dead link] - The Academy of Urbanism
  12. ^ John COLEGATE (1868). Colegate's Guide to Dunoon, Kirn, and Hunter's Quay. Second edition. [With plates.]. John Colegate. p. 7. Archived from the original on 20 September 2021. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  13. ^ a b Colegate's Guide to Dunoon, Kirn, and Hunter's Quay (Second edition) - John Colegate (1868), page 8
  14. ^ Colegate's Guide to Dunoon, Kirn, and Hunter's Quay (Second edition) - John Colegate (1868), page 12
  15. ^ "Clyde Defences, Cloch Point To Dunoon Anti-submarine Boom". Canmore. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Bute during World War II". www.bute-at-war.org.
  17. ^ "Anti-Polaris Protest at Dunoon. Angry Kerbside Exchanges". The Glasgow Herald. 15 May 1961. p. 8. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  18. ^ "'Vulnerable' Scottish rural towns listed". BBC News. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  19. ^ Cowling, Emma (27 May 2012). "Revealed: our rural towns on the brink". Scotsland on Sunday. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  20. ^ "Scottish Parliamentary Election 6 May 2021 - Results". Argyll and Bute Council. 6 May 2021. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  21. ^ "Argyll & Bute parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  22. ^ "Declaration of Results: Ward 7, Dunoon" (PDF). Argyll and Bute Council. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  23. ^ "Community councils map". Argyll and Bute Council. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  24. ^ "community councils". Argyll and Bute Council. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  25. ^ "Our Lady and St Mun's Church Dunoon". stmuns.
  26. ^ "Cowal Baptist Church, Dunoon". 24 September 2017.
  27. ^ "Dunoon Baptist Church – Working, Worshipping and Witnessing for God in the community". dunoonbaptistchurch.org.
  28. ^ "Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah'S Witnesses - Church - Dunoon Argyll & Bute UK". dunoon.inuklocal.co.uk.
  30. ^ "End of an era as Dunoon's High Kirk set to close". cowalkirk.org.
  31. ^ "Church". Free Church of Scotland.
  32. ^ Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Graphic and Accurate Description of Every Place in Scotland, Frances Hindes Groome (1901), p. 444
  34. ^ "Dunoon". National Piers Society. National Piers Society. 10 June 2015. Archived from the original on 21 November 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  35. ^ "Dunoon's culture and events hub". Dunoon Burgh Hall. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  36. ^ "Hall reopens as contemporary arts centre". BBC News. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  37. ^ "Burgh Hall". Theatres Database. The Theatres Trust. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  38. ^ "Argyll Street, Burgh Hall Building". Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  39. ^ "Two charged after town centre fire" – ArgyllBute24.co.uk
  40. ^ "The Creation and Controversy of Dunoon's Highland Mary". Castle House Museum. 21 June 2022.
  41. ^ "Robert Burns and Highland Mary". Portal to the Past. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  42. ^ Caw, James Lewis (1912). "Stevenson David Watson". Wikisource.
  43. ^ "Statue Of 'Highland Mary'". Portal.historicenvironment.scot. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  44. ^ "Robert Burns Country: The Burns Encyclopedia: Highland Harry". Robertburns.org. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  45. ^ Webmaster, Tim Gardner -. "David Watson Stevenson (1842–1904), sculptor, a biography".
  46. ^ "STATUE OF "HIGHLAND MARY" (LB26437)". portal.historicenvironment.scot.
  47. ^ "Dunoon Cenotaph WW1 and WW2 - War Memorials Online". www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk.
  48. ^ "The Queens Hall – Dunoon | Argyll and Bute Council". Argyll-bute.gov.uk. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  49. ^ "Dunoon Queens Hall Meet the Buyer – Supplier Development Programme". Sdpscotland.co.uk. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  50. ^ "Pink Floyd's stormy trip to Dark Side of Dunoon".
  51. ^ Gordon (16 December 2016). "Queens Hall – Work to begin". Dunoon Observer. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  52. ^ "Dunoon Queen's Hall handover complete". Argyll and Bute Council. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  53. ^ "Dunoon Library".
  54. ^ "Secret Scotland - The Gantocks". Secret Scotland.
  55. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Dunoon, Tom A Mhoid Road, Clan Lamont Memorial (183507)". Canmore. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  56. ^ "Clan Lamont Memorial, Dunoon". Commemorations Project. The Scottish Military Research Group. Retrieved 21 February 2017. Includes several photographs
  57. ^ "Where to Find wildlife – visitcowal". Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  58. ^ "Castle House Museum Dunoon. History, culture, geneaology services, clans and exhibitions". Castlehouse Museum. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  59. ^ "COWAL HIGHLAND GATHERING (1974)". Moving Image Archive. National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  60. ^ "Cowal Highland Gathering – World's Biggest Highland Games". Cowalgathering.com. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  61. ^ List of Mod's places for each year on Sabhal Mòr Ostaig website
  62. ^ "Your Cheatin' Heart to open first Dunoon Film Festival". BBC News. 10 May 2013.
  63. ^ "Gourock to Dunoon Service | CalMac Ferries". Calmac Ferries.
  64. ^ "Western Ferries (Clyde) Ltd". Western Ferries.
  65. ^ "Train to and from Gourock | ScotRail". Scotrail.
  66. ^ "486 - Dunoon to Inveraray". West Coast Motors.
  67. ^ "SCOTLAND'S BERMUDA TRIANGLE". www.keybuses.com. 21 May 2020. Retrieved 26 September 2023.
  68. ^ Macdonald, Hugh (1878). Days at the coast : a series of sketches descriptive of the Firth of Clyde, its watering places, its scenery, and its associations. Glasgow: Dunn. p. 346. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  69. ^ Mackay, M (1845). The new statistical account of Scotland (Vol 7 ed.). Edinburgh and London: W. Blackwood and Sons. p. 607. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  70. ^ "OS 6-inch map 1843–1882, with Bing opacity slider". National Library of Scotland. Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  71. ^ Williamson, James (1904). The Clyde passenger steamers : its rise and progress during the nineteenth century : from the 'Comet' of 1812 to the 'King Edward' of 1901. Glasgow: J. Maclehose. p. 78. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  72. ^ John COLEGATE (1868). Colegate's Guide to Dunoon, Kirn, and Hunter's Quay. Second edition. [With plates.]. John Colegate. p. 13. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  73. ^ Taylor, Marianne (9 May 2015). "The Waverley: Paddling doon the watter for 40 years". The Herald. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  74. ^ Council, Argyll and Bute (3 November 2010). "St Muns Primary School".
  75. ^ Council, Argyll and Bute (31 January 2018). "Kirn Primary School". Kirm Primary School.
  76. ^ "Argyll College UHI". University of the Highlands and Islands. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  77. ^ "National Cycle Network routes in Glasgow and the West". Sustrans.
  78. ^ hhttps://www.sustrans.org.uk/about-us//
  79. ^ "Activities". Castle Lachlan.
  80. ^ "Facebook". www.facebook.com.
  81. ^ "Cowal Golf Course and Clubhouse, 20-44 Ardenslate Road, Dunoon, Kirn, PA23 8LT". Novaloca.com.
  82. ^ "COWAL GOLF AND LODGE RESORT LTD overview - Find and update company information - GOV.UK". find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk.
  83. ^ "Dunoon swamped by football fans". BBC News. 1 July 2006. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  84. ^ "'Swamp soccer' teams play dirty". BBC News. 16 July 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  85. ^ "Argyll Rally Homepage". Argyll Rally. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  86. ^ "Explore woods: Corlarach Hill". The Woodland Trust. Archived from the original on 24 November 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  87. ^ "Corlarach". Forestry Commission Scotland. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  88. ^ "Younger Family at Benmore".
  89. ^ "Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – Benmore Botanic Garden". Rbge.org.uk. 8 March 2016. Archived from the original on 14 April 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  90. ^ "Gardens: Benmore Botanic Garden, Dunoon, Argyll". The Scotsman. 17 October 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  91. ^ "Puck's Glen". Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  92. ^ "Dunoon Visitor Guide - Accommodation, Things To Do & More". Visit Scotland.
  93. ^ "Morag's Fairy Glen, West Bay,Dunoon". 28 March 2015.
  94. ^ "Morag's Fairy Glen". CANMORE national record of the historic environment. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  95. ^ "Dunoon Visitor Guide - Accommodation, Things To Do & More". Visit Scotland.
  96. ^ "..Dunoon Reservoir". 19 March 2015.
  97. ^ "History of the Dunoon Observer". Dunoon-observer.com. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  98. ^ "Evening Times – Google News Archive Search".
  99. ^ a b Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland A Graphic and Accurate Description of Every Place in Scotland (1901) - p. 1330
  100. ^ The Dunoon Herald and Cowal Advertiser at WorldCat.org
  101. ^ The Dunoon telegraph at WorldCat.org
  102. ^ "Dunoon, Cowal, Argyll, Scotland radio station, English and Gaelic programmes". Dunoon Community Radio. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  103. ^ "MP double act for Conservatives Abroad". Majorca Daily Bulletin. 22 September 2004. Retrieved 9 October 2022.
  104. ^ "Robert Alexander Bryden". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Retrieved 9 October 2022.
  105. ^ "Carney Arrives At UM in N.Y." Ad Week. 16 June 2003.
  106. ^ "The Rev. Dr. Donald Currie Caskie, OBE, DD, MA, OCF". Clan Macpherson Association. 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  107. ^ "German for sentence in secrets case". The Guardian. Manchester. 20 June 1967. p. 3. ProQuest 185247880. (subscription required)
  108. ^ "Dunoon regeneration – Queens Hall Project". Argyll and Bute Council's website. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  109. ^ "Stewart Mackie Houston". MUFC Info. Retrieved 9 October 2022.
  110. ^ Phil Miller (23 April 2010). "Fly me to Dunoon ... Scottish bid for de Niro's film festival". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  111. ^ Neil MacFarlane at Soccerbase
  112. ^ Scott, Hew (1923). Fasti ecclesiae scoticanae; the succession of ministers in the Church of Scotland from the reformation. Vol. 4. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd. p. 24.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  113. ^ "Sylvester McCoy". BFI. Archived from the original on 28 May 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  114. ^ Hutchison, David (21 May 2013). "Largs to Brisbane – Tragic Voyage of the Southern Cross". Ayrshire History. Retrieved 9 October 2022.
  115. ^ "Rt Hon Lord Robertson KT of Port Ellen KT GCMG". The British Forces Foundation. Retrieved 9 October 2022.
  116. ^ "Arabella Scott". National Records of Scotland. Retrieved 9 October 2022.
  117. ^ Leneman, Leah (1995). A Guid Cause: the women's suffrage movement in Scotland. Mercat Press. pp. 194–208.
  118. ^ "John Smith". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 9 October 2022.
  119. ^ "Neil Warnock was close to Hearts job and wants to manage in Scotland". BBC Sport. 22 November 2023. Retrieved 23 November 2023.
  120. ^ Bernard Ingham; Gerry Hassan (2003). The Political Guide to Modern Scotland: People, Places and Power. Politico's. pp. 104–105. ISBN 978-1-84275-048-3. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  121. ^ "Dunoon Feature Page on Undiscovered Scotland". Undiscovered Scotland.
  122. ^ "Argyll Forest Park". Forestry Commission Scotland. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  123. ^ "1983 Maximum". Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute.
  124. ^ "1982 Minimum". Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute.
  125. ^ "Benmore averages". KNMI. Retrieved 3 November 2011.

External links edit