The Cowal peninsula is situated in the west of Scotland, around and hour and a half drive from Glasgow.
Cowal is part of NHS Highland Argyll and Bute Community Health Partnership, covering a population of around 22,000. The main referral centres are Inverclyde Royal in Greenock for general secondary care, Argyll and Bute Hospital in Lochgilphead for psychiatry and Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley for maternity and paediatrics.
Cowal’s exceptional natural environment is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, inspiration for artists, a joy for food lovers and a haven for wildlife. Bordered on three sides by spectacular sea lochs and in the north by mountain, forest and glen, Cowal is a peninsula of outstanding scenic beauty and cultural heritage.
For such a small part of Scotland, there is an amazing contrast in the landscape throughout the Peninsula. North
Cowal is distinctively rugged and remote, with Loch Eck surely one of the most breathtakingly picturesque stretches of
water in Europe. South East Cowal is the home of Cowal’s only major town, Dunoon, the location of amazing historic
botanical gardens with a coastline indented with sea lochs and peppered with many lively small communities. South West Cowal is “Argyll’s Secret Coast”, a remote and beautiful stretch of Cowal Coastline taking in the spectacular Kyles of Bute and the picturesque town of Tighnabruaich. It is a great area for outdoor activities, especially sailing, as well as excellent hospitality, yet is less than two hours from the central belt of Scotland.
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