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The village of Dunoon is the commercial heart of Cowal, and no visit to our peninsula is complete without it. There are many welcoming places to stay and plenty places of interset, such as Castle House Museum, which is sure to delight anyone with an interest in the history of Cowal. And let’s not forget the churches! St John’s Church on Argyll Street is a magnificent feat of architecture in the Normandy Gothic style; and High Kirk, though more modest in appearance, stands upon a site that once held the Cathedral Church of both the Roman Catholic and Episcopalian Bishops of Argyll.
It’s the long and interesting history of this latter site that recommends it to visitors interested in the development of Christianity in Cowal. Although it doesn’t quite meet the criteria to be included as one of our 15 main sites of pilgrimage, we’d like to include High Kirk as an honorary site, and we encourage you to visit.
If you arrive in Dunoon on foot (perhaps as a passenger on Calmac ferries, or whilst enjoying some leisure time after completing your pilgrimage), then you’ll find High Kirk near the museum on Castle Hill, overlooking the pier. A pleasant wander through the Castle House grounds and gardens will lead you into a sprawling graveyard with stones dating back to the 18th century.