The Cowal Gathering: The World’s Largest Highland Games

Things to Do

The Cowal Gathering: The World’s Largest Highland Games

The largest Highland Games in the world is returning to Dunoon this August (25th - 27th) and you don’t want to miss it!

The Cowal Gathering (or the Cowal Games) is a magnificent celebration of Scottish culture. These celebrations come in the form of competitive drumming, dancing, bagpiping and Scottish heavy athletics. Each year, The Cowal Gathering attracts over 3,500 competitors! It makes for a wonderful few days of enjoying all things Scottish - a great day out for wee ones and adults alike. 

Even if heavily competition-focused, the Cowal Games have a range of other events happening simultaneously - including live music…

Live Music

This year, playing at The Cowal Gathering is a lineup of incredibly talented musicians who keep Scotland close to their hearts. The lineup is headed by one of Scotland’s most popular bands, Tide Lines, supported by Hò-rò, Rhuvaal, The American Rogues and Eabhal - catch them in the Cowal Music Tent.

Cowal gathering dancing


It wouldn’t be the Highland Games without a little bit of competition now, would it? Marvel at the traditional Scottish athletic events including tossing the caber and shot-putting the famous 34lbs-Cowal Stone! The Cowal Gathering will also play host to a flurry of talented bagpipers and dancers. From solo bagpiping competitions to traditional ceilidh dancing competitions, this event is bustling with talent and entertainment.

Where to Stay

The Cowal Gathering welcomes 23,000 people every year, so nearby places to stay can soon get booked up. Lucky for you, here at Argyll Holidays we have a number of holiday parks both in and close to Dunoon and an even wider variety of accommodation.

Hunters Quay

Being in Dunoon, Hunters Quay is our closest holiday park to the annual Cowal Gathering. Whether you're seeking a caravan, cabin or hot tub lodge, check availability and book now as it's in high demand for the Cowal Gathering weekend.

Hot Tub Lodge

We have space at our Premier Caravans, Rowan Plus Lodges and Rowan Hot Tub Lodges. We have little avaliability left so make sure to book your holiday quickly! Make a break of it with these amazing deals on 7 night stays at Hunters Quay.

Drimsynie Estate Holiday Village

A little further afield, Drimsynie Estate is only a 50-minute drive from the action - an incredibly scenic drive too! There’s a huge choice of accommodation to suit your party, from luxurious hotel rooms to spacious hot tub lodges and fantastic value caravans. You can also enjoy some first-class on-site facilities, including a spa, gym, golf course, pool, funhouse and many outdoor activities to keep you busy throughout your holiday.

If you want to celebrate all things Scottish, get yourself to Dunoon this summer to experience a wealth of Scottish traditions and culture, and be a part of the world’s largest Highland Games.

Related Posts

Here are some other posts you might like

Award-winning Holiday Parks

  • Hoseasons Awards

    Winner of 5 awards at the 2022 Hoseasons Awards, including "Best Caravan Park - Best in Britain".

  • Travelers Choice Award 2021

    Our parks have received the Travelers Choice Award, having earned consistently great reviews on Tripadvisor.

  • Scottish Tourist Board

    All of our holiday parks have been awarded four or five stars by the Scottish Tourist Board.

  • Presented with Best Relax & Explore Large Park in Scotland at the 2021 Hoseasons Awards.

    Presented with Best Relax & Explore Large Park in Scotland at the 2021 Hoseasons Awards.

  • Traveller Review Awards 2021

    Drimsynie Estate Hotel: Winner at the Traveller Review Awards 2021.

  • The Scottish Pet Industry Awards 2021

    Best Pet Friendly Self Catering Business.

  • David Bellamy award

    Our efforts to protect and enhance our natural environment have been recognised by the David Bellamy Conservation award.

  • Gold Winner in the CIPR Pride Awards 2021 for the Tunnocks Caravan Wafer Campaign.

    Gold Winner in the CIPR Pride Awards 2021 for the Tunnocks Caravan Wafer Campaign.

  • Tripadvisor Best of the Best

    Tripadvisor Best of the Best.

  • Best Family Holiday Park 2017

    Multi-award winners at the 2019 Scottish Outdoor Leisure Awards.

Limited availability durations are only available over very specific dates.
Party Size
Children are aged 2-16 years old.