Our hotel has the most relaxed and privileged location here on the Kyles of Bute. You won't be disappointed at the stunning and calm surroundings for your stay. There are an impressive amount of well-organised events for you to enjoy. Day trips are an easy ferry or drive away, and you can return to indulge in our seasonal food offerings and cosy bar in the evening. What could make a more perfect summer's day! Just ask us for help with your planning and here are just a few..
Inverary Highland Games Tuesday 17th July
Less than an hour's drive away from the hotel, make a day of it to this ultimate experience in Scottish culture and tradition.Arrive for the impressive pipe band parade through the town centre, then up to the grounds of Inverary Castle for a day filled with rich culture and heritage.
Watch the traditional field and track events, piping and Highland dancing competitions and don't miss the world championship for Tossing the Caber.! The best selection in Scottish food and drink will round off a perfect day out before you enjoy the spectacular drive back around Loch Fyne.
Bute Open studio Trail 21st/22nd July
Inspired by the stunning natural beauty of this island, Bute Studio Trail has outstanding work from an array of talented artists. Just follow the markings to make your way around the island and visit the artists at their studios in the most inspiring of locations. From painting to beautiful wood crafts, felting and jewellery this is an impressive collection and a beautiful trail, worth taking time over.
Tarbert Traditional Boat Festival 20th-22nd July
This is a beautiful day out across Loch Fyne to Tarbert. Catch the ferry from Portavadie (20 minutes stunning drive away) to the ancient fishing village of Tarbert. With a backdrop of the ancient castle, the harbour comes alive with over 30 traditional boats from Scotland and Ireland. There are brilliant food stalls, skiff races and live music to make a good old fashioned day out.
Butefest 27th - 29th July
Take the short ride across on the ferry to enjoy a day at this brilliant family music festival. With five stages, a circus area, archery, craft and so much more, this will be a winner for everyone. Entry to the festival gives you free admission to the impressive Mount Stuart house which is also worth a visit.
Scottish Mountain Biking Series 28th/29th July
Returning to Dunoon for its second year, this is the best in Scottish Mountain Biking events. Some of the finest Enduro mountain bike riders in the UK will take part. The round will also involve the now famous, town centre, high octane prologue stage on Saturday evening, in Castle Gardens. Only half an hour drive from Dunoon, the hotel can be the perfect stay for your weekend. Whether you are spectating or taking part in the thrills, we would love to hear all about it!
Colintraive Village Fete and Celidh 4th August
From 2 pm our village comes alive for the annual village fete. You have to be quick for the home-baking, and there is an impressive array of stalls, crafts, food and races including the famous duck race!
Stay with us for the evening and from 7.30pm walk down to the village hall for a night of family fun at our annual ceilidh dance! We love visitors to come and join in!
Bute Highland games Saturday 11th August
Indulge yourself with a memorable trip to Bute Highland Games. This is a magical highland games in a beautiful setting. There is world class piping and highland dancing, impressive heavy event athletes and the chance to watch a game of our scottish sport, shinty!
Cowal Highland Gathering 23rd -25th August
Cowal Highland Gathering - World's Biggest Highland Games
This annual Dunoon celebration is spectacular and the largest in the world! Starting on the friday evening there is a lively night of music. 'Gig at the gathering' showcases the best in traditional scottish bands and is always a night to remember ..
Saturday sees the best in pipe band competitions, world class highland dancing, track events and so much more!
The town comes alive in the evening with a march past of all the bands and competitors before closing with a firework extravaganza over the Clyde.