Frequently Asked Questions

What is Dunoon famous for?
Dunoon is the main resort on the beautiful Cowal Peninsula and the maritime gateway to the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. This one of the Firth of Clyde’s foremost resorts is built around the historic Castle Mound and famous for its large Victorian pier.

What’s in Dunoon Scotland?
Attractions to visit in Dunoon are: Castle House Museum. Argyll Forest Park. Dunoon Burgh Hall. Glenfinart Walled Garden. Dunoon Castle.

Where to eat in Dunoon?
Best pub food is The Lorne & The Osborne!

How far is Dunoon from Glasgow?
The distance between Glasgow and Dunoon is 27 miles. Aprox. 1 hour by car.

Is Dunoon a nice place to live?
Dunoon is a very friendly area and popular because you can take the ferry and get to Glasgow fairly quickly which makes it even more convenient.

How far is Dunoon from Edinburgh?
The distance between Edinburgh and Dunoon is 67 miles. The road distance is 121.7 miles. Aprox. 3 hours by car.

Is there a Ferry?
Yes they run 3 per hour and its roll up roll on! Very convenient and if you’re lucky you may see porpoises swimming alongside.

More about the Passenger ferry

Who is the service provided from?

How long does the Dunoon Passenger ferry take?
The crossing between Gourock and Dunoon is timetabled to take 23 minutes

How often?
30 minute service each way from early morning until mid-evening is operated by Calmac

How much?
Prices are approx. £10 return. You can purchase these on board ad they can be brought from Glasgow airport for Bus/Train & Ferry travel.

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About The Driver ferry.

Who is the service provided from?
Western Ferries

How often?
30 minute service each way from early morning until evening is operated by Western Ferries.

How long does the Driver ferry take?
Approx. 20 mins.

Where can I buy tickets? Tickets are cheaper when booked online in advance and posted to you, or stop at a Ticket Merchant coming from Gourock, Key Store Paul’s Food & Wine, 94 Shore Street, PA19 1RB.

How much?
Tickets for sale from £4.90 per person, Car & Driver from £18.70 for full details and costs see Western Ferries.
The following are carried FREE of charge – Children under 5 years of age – Pedal cycles – Guide dogs – Domestic pets and animals.

How to get to Dunoon?
Three options, road no ferry – road with ferry (car & drivers) – public transport and passenger ferry.

The NO ferry option is a longer drive depending on where you are coming from, however the scenery is super.

Is there a golf course?
Of course it’s Scotland Dunoon has is very own golf course and there are three others locally also, so great if your group are looking a maybe a small golf tour.

Can we go Whiskey Tasting?
In Dunoon, Argyll Vintners in Hill Foot Street is the place to go! Andy has a wealth of knowledge and can give you a tasting session and help you choose a distillery to visit depending on the one you enjoy. Great for bringing gifts home. Our personal favourite whiskey and local distillery is the independently run Isle of Arran 12yr single malt which you can easily do in a day trip from Rosscairn.

Is there a Castle in Dunoon?
Dunoon has its own Castle House Museum which is volunteer run and worth a walk round. Our favourite is The Duke of Argyll’s Invereray Castle another great day trip out from Rosscairn.

Who is the statue?
Highland Mary was Roberts Burns’s mistress – she allegedly looks out for him awaiting his return across the Clyde. Roberts Burns is a famous Scottish poet who is celebrated every year with a burns night! Fabulous evening entertainment locally at this time with the traditional haggis & whiskey supper at most restaurants. Raise a glass to Rabbie Burns the creator of the well-known New Year’s songs auld lang syne.

Is there hunting, shooting & fishing available locally?
Yes this is available in the area however is popular and sells out fast, advance booking recommended. Visit Royal Outfitters UK to discuss further.

Is there good walks?
You will be blown away with the volume of walks available for all difficulty levels. Our favourite is Pucks Glen known as one of the best wee walks in Scotland which was laid by the Victorians in the 1800s. On a bonus you can pop to Benmores Café for a well deserve cuppa and cake.

Is there mountain biking in Dunoon?
YES A LOT – to many trials to mention – our favourite is Argyll Forest Park Ardgartan cycle routes.

Can we hire bikes?
Rosscairn has a few bikes your welcome to use free of charge (at your own risk). Alternatively if your group are keen cyclers we have large lockable storage with hose for your use if required just ask for the keys. Alternatively bikes can be hired from Argyll Holiday Village at Hunters Key.

Are there any group activities we can do?
We run Argyll & Bute Clay Company which offers full training for complete beginners and can put days on as requested. Call Joe Croot to discuss further 07970 528779.
Another fun day is quad biking with Quadmania! Get in touch with David to book – mentioning you’re staying at Rosscairn!

What do you do to protect our health?
At Rosscairn we pride ourselves on our high level of cleanliness throughout the property. Susie Croot the owner is HASAP qualified which supports the importance of a high level of hygiene. Commercial disinfectant is used throughout on all touch point surfaces prior to your entry, including door handles.
All our linen is washed on site therefore with a reduced risk of cross contamination. We wash at high temperatures, with non-bio detergent with added disinfectant to ensure our linens and towels provided are thoroughly clean.

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A few commonly asked questions below.

Is there private off street parking?
Yes we have ample off street parking available for your entire group.

How many lounges do you have & can we sit together?
We have 3 relaxing lounges. Our snug has seating for 7, the formal lounge has seating for 10, and the lounge which links through to the dining room has seating for 12.

Do you have a log burner or what heating facility?
Our snug has a multi fuel store for your use. The house is run on gas via radiators and two open gas fires in the other two lounges.

How many bathrooms are there?
Rosscairn has ample bathrooms for your stay having a total of 12 toilets, 10 shower cubicles, 1 three quarter bath and one downstairs bath with overhead shower. We recommend opening windows after having showers as old properties need to breath and excess moisture can cause mould spores. Best prevention for this is to open the bathroom or bedroom window afterwards so it can escape.

What are your dining facilities, can we all dine together?
Yes of course we have tables which can be moved around to suit your group’s requirements in our spacious dining room which overlooks the delightful rear lawned gardens. Our tables can seat up to 24, with additional chairs available in storage.

Can we do laundry?
We have a laundry room you can use which has 2 washing machines and 2 tumble dryers.

How do we control the heating?
The hot water and heating control is in the laundry room should you need to change the timings. The hot water is already pre-set and should meet the requirements during your stay. The heating system is pre-set to go off during the evening allowing the building to cool off during your sleep. Each room is individually run by the radiator in each room. 1 being cool, 5 being the hottest.

What are the kitchen/cooking facilities like?
We have a new kitchen with ample cooking facilities and equipment (pots, pans, baking trays etc.). Our beautiful gas range cooker has 2 ovens and 5 gas rings and grill. There is ample crockery for all types of dinner settings with glasses (pint, wine, flutes and tumblers).

What is Dunoon famous for FAQ?

Famous Dunoon Landmark?
For more than a century, the Jim Crow rock has been an iconic feature. Reputedly painted to resemble a jackdaw, it has been an ever-present on the shoreline. The phrase ‘Jim Crow’ is thought to derive from Jump Jim Crow, a song and dance caricature of African-Americans performed by a white actor who painted himself black. It became a pejorative expression in the early 19th century and when the unpopular racial segregation laws were enacted they were dubbed Jim Crow laws.

Dunoon’s most famous actress?
The very beautiful award-winning British actress Emma Thompson regularly holidays in Dunoon, Glen Massan where her mother lives. An article in The New York Times where Emma Thompson praised the tattie (potato for non-Scots) scones made by our local bakery Blacks of Dunoon. She included them in her top ten list of things she can’t live without!

Dunoon’s famous mother?
Julieanne Moore’s (Hunger Games Actress) mother lives here!

Dunoon’s most famous resident was?
Sir Harry Lauder (1870–1950),the world-renowned Scottish singer and comedian whose mansion, Laudervale, stood just south of Dunoon on Bullwood Road.

Famous Golden Oldie?
Eric Campbell was an early Scottish trailblazer in silent movies and one of the all-time great Hollywood screen villains. Born in Dunoon he starred as the towering baddie in 11 Charlie Chaplin films.
A memorial plaque was installed in 1996 in Castle Gardens, Dunoon.

Famous Dr?
He’s a Scot who’s known all over the planet Earth, having saving the world more times than he cares to remember.
Sylvester McCoy played the seventh Doctor Who on television, from 1987-1989. But he’s not just known for the cult BBC TV series, having featured in The Hobbit film trilogy, as well as hit BBC Scotland comedies Still Game and Rab C Nesbitt, as well as winning acclaim as The Fool in King Lear, alongside Sir Ian McKellen. Was born and raised in Dunoon during his childhood.

Famous Poet?
Marion McCready lives in Dunoon and frequently has her poetry published and wins numours awards for her poems and writing.

Famous fictional book?
By author Rosemary Gemmell
The setting in any novel is often one of the most important aspects of the story, for the author and the reader. This has never been truer than it is for The Highland Lass, mainly set in Dunoon and the west coast of Scotland, an area of natural beauty, rich with history.

Famous Author?
John Robin Jenkins wrote 34 published storeys, his top 3 most well know books are The Cone-Gatherers (1955) – The Changeling (1958) – Fergus Lamont (1970). John taught in Dunoon and retired here to continue his writing. He received an OBE  in recognition of his lifetime achievement as a writer.

Who had a Famous Art Collection?
James Duncan (1834–1905) was a Scottish sugar refiner and businessman, who then became a philanthropist and art collector. His house and grounds in Dunoon became Benmore Botanic Garden, He then set about building a gallery (to showcase his large collection of fine arts. As well as a fernery and one of the largest greenhouses in Scotland James Duncan’s charitable work was widely known throughout Britain. He gave 20 per cent of his annual £100,000 salary to a range of causes, making him one of the most committed philanthropists of the time.

Who does famous painting of Dunoon?
James Lamond is a Scottish-Italian Artist who specialises in seascape and landscape paintings of his native Scotland.

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