We love Highland Games at the Landed Houses offices – non more so than the Cowal Highland Gathering, which takes place this year on the 23rd to the 25th August. We hope to have further Blogs about the Highland Gathering, but here’s an introduction…
One of our houses, Hafton Castle, is actually in Dunoon, and another, the Ormidale Estate, is close by. Both are great bases to visit the Games from.
There will be some really great attractions this year – all designed to show off Scottish history and tradition. Some highlights include the athletics competition (with world-class competitors from Scotland, Iceland, Belgium and Germany), piping (such as the spine-tingling salute to the Chieftan), plus dancing and general merriment.
Getting to the Games couldn’t be easier – you can get to Dunoon from Glasgow in an hour (it’s about 37km away) and it has good transport links.
By ferry Trains leave Glasgow Central for Gourock at 5 and 25 minutes past the hour and take you directly to the Gourock ferry terminal. From here you can catch the passenger-only ferry, operated by Argyll Ferries, to Dunoon. The crossing takes about 20 minutes. Western Ferries, which operates from just outside Gourock, takes cars and passengers. Both companies will be running an enhanced service during the Cowal Highland Gathering.
By road The drive to Dunoon from Glasgow via the A82, is a picturesque route that will take you past Loch Lomond, through Arrochar, over the the Rest and Be Thankful and along Loch Fyne to the village of Strachur. From here, follow the banks of Loch Eck to Dunoon.
For tickets to the Cowal Highland Gathering, please visit the website http://www.cowalgathering.com
For further details of Hafton Castle, or the Ormidale Estate, please visit www.landedhouses.co.uk