The Botanic Gardens are set in 120 acres with an amazing collection of plants. It has over 300 species of rhododendron and a majestic avenue of Giant Redwoods. The cafe is open throughout the year for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon teas. Benmore sits within the Argyll Forest and there are numerous forest tracks, marked walks and cycle ways to find within this area all accessible and right on your doorstep. Loch Eck is only a mile away and offers great opportunities for fishing or you can launch a canoe/kayak to explore the loch. You are also less than two miles from the sea and the Holy Loch, with views out over the Firth of Clyde. The Cowal Peninsula is a delightful part of Scotland, bordered on three sides by stunning sea lochs and to the north by the majestic Arrochar Alps. It has its own unique history and unspoiled natural environment. There is an abundance of wildlife, from red squirrels and red deer in the woods to occasional porpoises, dolphins and basking sharks in the lochs. There is a plentiful and varied bird population due to the diverse habitats within this area. For outdoor enthusiasts there are many activities including golf, horse riding, and fishing. For the more adventurous you can find sports including gorge walking, mountain biking, rock climbing and abseiling as well as quad biking, archery, clay shooting. Cowal is peppered by many small communities, all offering something unique and different. The only town is Dunoon, which provides a good shopping centre, leisure facilities and a cinema. There are some wonderful days out and great roads to drive. A short drive and ferry crossing will take you to the Isle of Bute where you can enjoy the fabulous Victorian Gothic Mount Stewart House. Drive the stunning road to Tighnabruaich overlooking Loch Riddon. Or head north to Loch Fyne and sample fresh seafood. Benmore makes a great base to stay, to relax or to explore all that the stunning Cowal Peninsula stunning has to offer.