ROY WHYTE samples part of a three-cornered network of connecting rural routes that serve the two small principal towns and small villages of the Cowal peninsula and isle of Bute on the Firth of Clyde

The Cowal peninsula in Argyll & Bute on Scotland’s west coast has some of the most spectacular scenery in the country and many
tiny remote communities.

The main town of Dunoon (population 4,500) can be reached in just over 1hr by train from Glasgow Central to Gourock and a 20min Firth of Clyde voyage ‘Doon the Watter’ on the Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) passenger-only vessels The Argyll Flyer or The Ali Cat. Until last summer, these catamarans were operated by subsidiary company Argyll Ferries, but are now part of the CalMac fleet, painted in its distinctive livery.

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