Knockdow House is located on a 600-acre estate on the Cowal Peninsula, tucked away in a small corner of Argyll on Scotland's West coast. It is an area of stunning natural beauty, with hills, glens, rugged coastlines, white beaches and ancient forests. The crystal clear waters provide some of Europe's most sought-after seafood.
Throughout the estate there are beautiful land and treescapes. The gardens are a delight, with many varieties of trees, rhododendrons and wild flowers, as well as ponds, a river and fishing lochs, where fly fishing is possible by prior arrangement. There are woodland and coastal walks. Wildlife is abundant, with red squirrels, otters, roe deer - which often appear on the lawn in the mornings and evenings - and a large variety of birdlife, including hen harriers, buzzards and golden eagles. Seals, otters and porpoises are also seen regularly throughout the area. The loch side with its pebbled beaches lies 200yards from the front gates.
The Cowal peninsula is an area of stunning natural beauty, with hills, glens, rugged coastlines, white beaches, and ancient forests. The crystal clear waters provide some of Europe's most sought after seafood.
Known as 'Argyll's Secret Coast', our little peninsula is packed with places to visit and things to do. Sailors, walkers, cyclists, photographers and artists are all drawn to this area for its natural beauty. Explore the forests and coastline by foot, bike, kayak or boat. The whole area is steeped in Highland history and dotted with ruins, castles and ancient sites.
Close by is Dunoon, which has a good selection of shops and restaurants, a cinema and swimming pool. Dunoon is of course the home of the Cowal Gathering, one of the largest and most spectacular Highland games in the world.
There is a fantastic range of outdoor leisure activities in the area, including sailing, fishing, windsurfing, Rib tours, quad biking, clay shooting and much more.
- A guide to Cowal and the wider region : www.visitcowal.co.uk ; www.exploreargyll.co.uk
- Up to date 'what's on' in the immediate area: www.dunoonpresents.co.uk
- Hillwalking : Scotland's Forestry Commission;s recommendations for all level with detailed plans
- Sea kayaking : www.seakayakargyll.co.uk
- Cruising - try something a little bit out of the ordinary and therefore special; enjoy the comfort and warm hospitality offered by Iain and the crew of 'Splendour' whilst soaking in the abundant wildlife around you and spectacular scenery: Argyll Cruising
- Guided Tours : Interested in learning a little more about the Area from the comfort of a car? Specialising in Clan Lamont but a very interesting all rounder is George. You can let him decide where to explore or he will take his cue from you.