Selborne Hotel

Clyde Street
PA23 7HT

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 01369 702761
Fax: 01369 704032

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Welcome to Dunoon
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Dunoon Pier
Dunoon Aerial View

Selborne Hotel,

  • Your Hotel
  • Hotel Facilities
  • Bedrooms
  • Your Resort
  • Hotel History
  • Superbly situated looking south across the Clyde with pleasant gardens reaching down to the promenade and almost to the water's edge
  • All the public rooms and many of the bedrooms offer uninterrupted views of the estuary
  • Large, attractive bar lounge with dance floor
  • TV lounge
  • Quiet Lounge
  • Games facilities
  • Entertainment most evenings
  • Free WiFi in public areas and all bedrooms
  • All 98 bedrooms have tea/coffee making facilities, internal telephone, hair dryer and Freeview TV with radio channels
  • All bedrooms have bath or shower and WC
  • Some ground floor rooms available
  • Lift serves almost all rooms
  • Central heating throughout
  • Entire hotel, including all bedrooms, is a no smoking area
  • Car and coach parking

    Hotel Facilities

  • Entertainment suite complete with bar, dance floor and entertainment five evenings per week
  • TV lounge and quiet lounge with sea views
  • Games room
  • Large restaurant with magnificent sea views
  • Lift serves all floors and is large enough for a wheelchair
  • Check in from 16:00. Check out by 11:00. Additional charges apply where earlier check in or late check out are required
  • Note for clients with a mobility impairment. We have a few ground floor rooms including two with sea views. There is a change of level from the street to the main ground floor hotel level. The bar, entertainment room and all lounges are at the same level.


  • Our attractive restaurant has large picture windows with superb sea views. We can seat 180 people
  • Breakfast: We provide a waiter served breakfast from 08:00 to 09:30 with last orders at 09:00
  • Dinner: We provide a waiter served table d’hote dinner from 18:30 to 20:00 with last orders at 19:15
  • Special Diets: A selection of vegetarian options is available on the dinner menu. For a more efficient service we recommend these are requested in advance of the meal. Special diets can also be catered for on request; we ask that you contact us at least seven days prior to arrival and provide a diet sheet.
  • To see our current menu, please follow this link.
  • 98 bedrooms on Ground, 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors
  • 31 double rooms, 31 twin rooms, 22 single rooms, 2 rooms with three single beds and 4 rooms with a double and a single bed
  • Lift serves all floors
  • We have 37 rooms with excellent sea views where you can sit by the window and enjoy the view of the estuary
  • All rooms have central heating but we do not have any rooms with air conditioning
  • All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer and Freeview TV with radio channels
  • All rooms have free WiFi and a telephone for communication with other rooms and hotel services and receiving incoming calls (but we do not have an outbound direct dial service)
  • All bathrooms are equipped with a bath or shower and WC. Most rooms have a shower rather than a bath; if you have a strong preference for one or the other, please tell us when you make your booking because we are often fully booked and it can be difficult to change rooms on arrival
  • Cots can be provided on request in any room type except single rooms
  • Ironing facilities are available from reception
  • Smoking is prohibited in all of our bedrooms
  • We do not provide room service in normal circumstances

Dunoon is situated on the Cowal peninsula, on the western shore of the Firth of Clyde where Loch Long and Holy Loch join the sea. It became one of Scotland's premier holiday resorts in the 1800's, during the heyday of the paddle steamer; in fact, the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world, the 'Waverley', is still a regular visitor to Dunoon.

The town has a fine Victorian heritage, with lovely gardens and century old villas which back onto a four mile flat promenade running along the front. Tourist activity is focussed on the 19th Century pier with its lively entertainment and panoramic views across the Firth. The town's facilities include a modern indoor swimming pool with sauna, bowling greens and tennis courts and both a 9 and 18 hole golf course.

There is also a cinema and in the season, a range of entertainment at the Queens Hall. The resort stages internationally recognised jazz and dance festivals and plays host to the Cowal Highland Gathering, the biggest Highland games festival anywhere in the world.

Dunoon is situated in Scotland’s first National Park and is surrounded by both the rolling hills and woodlands of the Argyll Forest Park and the lochs and mountains of the southern highlands. Enjoy spectacular walks or make for the lochs for relaxing cruising and excellent sailing.

For those with a cultural interest, Argyll is awash with history, myth and legend from pre-historic times to the present day. The countryside is filled with churches and castles which bear testimony both to the cultures and beliefs of Scotland and to the country’s diverse and often turbulent history.

Town Centre

Dunoon has one of the largest town centres in the area. Its main street is partially pedestrianised and is filled with shops selling an array of goods, from fresh bakery items to outdoor clothing.

Activities and Attractions

Tourist Information
Tel: 01369 703785

Benmore Botanic Gardens
Tel: 01315 527171
The garden contains the tallest tree in Britain, as well as exotic plants and shrubs. There is also a visitor centre and a cosy tea-room. Open March to October.

Queen’s Hall
Tel: 01369 702800
Stages a range of events from stand up comedy to sporting events. There is also a café and bar.

The Castle House Museum
Tel: 01369 703206
The museum details the turbulent history of the area and in particular the buildings which have stood on Castle Hill for many years.

Cowal Golf Club
Tel: 01369 705673
Boasts a beautiful clubhouse facility and a course equal to any in Scotland, with views across the Firth of Clyde.

Ardkinglas Woodland Garden
Tel: 01499 600261
Situated near Cairndow, Ardkinglas holds one of the finest collections of rhododendrons and conifers within the British Isles.

Bishop's Seat is a hill overlooking the town which provides panoramic views of the Firth of Clyde, Rothesay Bay and the neighbouring sea lochs.


Cowal Highland Gathering
Tel: 01369 703206
One of the oldest and best of the Highland Games includes a range of events from pipe playing to hammer throwing.

Tel: 0870 720 0629
Scotland's biggest arts and walking festival features 10 days of walks, cultural and social events.

Cowal Open Studios takes place in September and gives visitors a chance to see local artists, including potters, jewellers and painters at work in their private homes and studios.

Dunoon Highland Dancing Festival
Tel: 01396 704533
Dancers from across Scotland perform the country's most traditional dances. The event takes place over four days in August.

Loch Fyne Food Fair takes place in May in an idyllic setting at the head of Loch Fyne and features food and beer tents, live music and entertainment. Admission is free for the daytime events.

Bute Jazz Festival
Tel: 01369 705202
Held in May, the jazz festival features performances from some of Britain's most respected musicians.

Tarbert Music Festival takes place in September, with a full programme of music and bands playing in various locations throughout the village.

Mid-Argyll Show takes place in Lochilplhead in August with displays of vintage tractors, pets section, tossing the sheaf and terrier racing competitions amongst the events.

Tarbert Seafood Festival is held in July on the banks of Loch Fyne and includes cookery demonstrations, street entertainment, exhibitions, craft stalls, live music and a carnival parade.

For more events and information see:

Places of Interest

Inveraray Castle
Tel: 01499 302203
The 15th century castle is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll. There is a visitors centre, a gift shop and a tearoom set in 16 acres of formal gardens and woodland.

Glasgow is one of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. The city has in recent years earned a reputation as a centre of style and vitality, set against a backdrop of outstanding Victorian architecture and fascinating attractions. Glasgow boasts world famous art collections, the best shopping in the United Kingdom outside London and the most vibrant and exciting nightlife in Scotland and is also set to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Inveraray Jail
Tel: 01499 302381
Voted the 'Best Scottish Attraction of the Decade', it shows the courtrooms and the torture chambers used by the Scottish legal system of the past.

Helensburgh is an attractive town situated on the Clyde. One of its most striking features is an obelisk on the waterfront, dedicated to Henry Bell who built Europe's first commercial steamboat, the 'Comet'. Close by is a statue commemorating another famous son of Helensburgh, John Logie Baird, pioneer of the television set.

Oban Tourist Information
Tel: 01631 563122
Recognised as the unofficial capital of the Western Highlands, there is plenty to see and do in Oban, whether it is a boat trip on a loch or a visit to one of the intriguing museums.

This wonderful island is rich in history and natural beauty. Rothesay Castle, the old home of the Stuart Kings, dates back to the early 1200's and affords wonderful views over the town.

Loch Lomond Tourist Information
Tel: 01389 722199
The largest 'lake' in Britain is surrounded by delightful bays, rising hillsides and picturesque villages.

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