Re-establishing Dunoon’s proud heritage

A renaissance, a revival and a reset for Dunoon and the Cowal peninsula

The development of a world-class outdoor activities hub on the hills and forests above the town will re-establish Dunoon’s proud heritage as one of Scotland’s premier must-visit destinations. Ultimately, the Dunoon Project is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors from across Scotland and the UK, and from overseas too.

Thanks to an innovative multi-partner model, plans for the Dunoon Project site include a range of outdoor activities suitable for all ages and abilities. The Project will also play a crucial role in promoting the town, its history, the waterfront and the stunning, natural landscapes of the surrounding area.

However, this is a project which aims to be far more than just a tourist attraction. As an initiative originated and developed by local people, there is a real commitment to delivering lasting benefit to the area, its economy and its community.

The driving force behind the project is The Dunoon Project Ltd (DPL), a locally-owned, community-based charity. Everyone on the volunteer board of DPL is a local person, completely committed to making sure that the Project delivers maximum benefit to the town and its people.


The original idea for Dunoon Project was born in 2017. Well respected members of the local community were approached to see if they would like to become part of this amazing project as volunteers.


The ultimate vision is that the Dunoon Project will create hope, optimism and energy for the local community, and breathe life back into the town and the wider Cowal community.


During 2022, Dunoon Project Ltd commissioned Stantec (formerly Barton Willmore) to undertake extensive research, site assessment and consultation with the local community and businesses.


It is anticipated that development will happen across a series of phases and that the Dunoon Project will be well established by phase 3, from 2025-2030.


As a major infrastructure development, the project requires partnership working with many interests from across all sectors, whilst keeping the local community, as represented by The Dunoon Project Ltd (DPL) charity, at its very core.