Cowal

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Cowal
Cowal.PNG
Cowal shown within Argyll
Scotland
Scotland
Cowal
Cowal shown within Argyll and Bute
Population 15,560 (2013 Est)[1][2][3][4]
OS grid reference NS 09111 85254
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Argyll and Bute
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DUNOON, ARGYLL
Postcode district
  • PA23
  • PA21
  • PA24
  • PA27
  • G83
Dialling code
  • 01369
  • 01700
  • 01499
  • 01301
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56°01′19″N 5°03′52″W / 56.022059°N 5.0644789°W / 56.022059; -5.0644789Coordinates: 56°01′19″N 5°03′52″W / 56.022059°N 5.0644789°W / 56.022059; -5.0644789

Cowal; (Scottish Gaelic: Còmhghall) is a peninsula in the west of Scotland. The geographical region[dubious ] extends into the Firth of Clyde, in the south of Argyll and Bute. Cowal forms the west coast of the upper Firth of Clyde and Dunoon is the main town.

Description[edit]

The northern part of Cowal is mostly the mountainous Argyll Forest Park managed by Forestry Commission Scotland.[5] The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park also extends into the Cowal Peninsula.[6] Kintyre and the Cowal peninsula are separated to the west by Loch Fyne, and from Inverclyde and North Ayrshire to the east by the Firth of Clyde.[7] The sea lochs Loch Long and Loch Goil lie to the north-east, and the south of the peninsula is split into three forks by two further sea lochs, Loch Striven and to its west Loch Riddon. The Isle of Bute lies to the south of Cowal, separated from the peninsula by the narrow Kyles of Bute which connect the Firth of Clyde to Loch Riddon.

Much of Cowal appears to have been once held by the Lamonts.[8] By the thirteenth century, the Stewarts[9] were the most dominant rulers of the region. Later, the Campbells[10] came to be one of the most powerful families in Cowal.

Cowal's only Burgh is Dunoon in the south-east,[11] from which ferries sail to Gourock in Inverclyde. Other ferries run from Portavadie in the west to Tarbert in Kintyre, and from Colintraive in the south to Rhubodach on the Isle of Bute.

The Arrochar Alps[12] and Ardgoil peninsula in the north fringe the edges of the sea lochs whilst the Argyll Forest Park spreads out across the hillsides and mountain passes in the north part of Cowal, making this one of the remotest areas in the west of Scotland.

Annual events[edit]

Sunset from Lazaretto Point - geograph.org.uk - 1424424
Not a full list (Please check dates, before traveling).

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

Cowal Way[edit]

The Cowal Way stretches for over 57 miles through Cowal, from Portavadie on the southeastern shore of Loch Fyne leading to Inveruglas on Loch Lomond, in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.[27]

Argyll's Secret Coast[edit]

Argyll's Secret Coast, is the southwest coast of the Cowal peninsula, including Glendaruel and the villages of Kames, Tighnabruaich, Ardlamont, Colintraive, Kilfinan, Millhouse, Otter Ferry and Portavadie.[28]

Layout of Cowal[edit]

List of settlements[edit]

Puffer on Tignabruaich Pier - geograph.org.uk - 823335

Not a full list.

Sea lochs around Cowal[edit]

View of Lochs Goil and Long from Creachan Mor - geograph.org.uk - 518343

Freshwater lochs[edit]

A view of the Loch Eck, looking south

Not a full list.

Glens of Cowal[edit]

Not a full list.

Rivers and burns[edit]

Colintraive sunset - geograph.org.uk - 190562

Not a full list.

Castles on Cowal[edit]

Old Castle Lachlan

Not a full list.

Listed buildings[edit]

Not a full list.

Church buildings of Cowal[edit]

Not a full list.

Inverchaolain Church - geograph.org.uk - 1297955

Gallery[edit]

Cowal
Satellite photo of Cowal 
Burnt Islands Kyles of Bute 
Loch Eck - geograph.org.uk - 1429052 
The River Eachaig, from a footbridge - geograph.org.uk - 925493 
Kilmodan Sculptured Stones 20100927 no. 6 
Toward Lighthouse - geograph.org.uk - 31031 
Strone Point, Cowal 
Victoria Parade, Dunoon - geograph.org.uk - 851602 

See also[edit]

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