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Written by on 27/09/2015

 cowal open studios

Cowal Open Studios  is now in its 8th year attracting many visitors to the area each year. The event is very much a fixed date in the calendar events of Cowal and Argyll. Many local visitors and visitors from afar make their wandering way across this beautiful peninsular to the homes and studios of an eclectic mix of working artists.
Commercial Galleries are a fine place to view art work, but the opportunity for visitors to meet and blether with artists, enquire of their working methods, view their work and perhaps make a purchase for themselves or as a gift. This is the lure and charm of Cowal Open Studios.

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Another part of the charm is Cowal itself, a hidden gem on the doorstep of so many people, an hour from Glasgow a hop on a ferry from Gourock and there you are in the heart of Cowal, a wonderland of lochs and glens, mists, reflections and sunshine (perhaps) Small villages and hamlets and a warm welcome.


There are 4 routes on our COS map which will take you to the areas of Toward and Dunoon, the villages along the shore road from Kilmun to Ardentinny, Tighnabruaich, Millhouse and beyond, Strachur, Cairndow & Lochgoilhead, Glendaruel and many wee nooks and crannies in between.

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At Cowal Open Studios you will find artists working in a variety of media from painting in watercolour, oil, acrylic, drawing & pastels, wood carving, textiles, ceramics, jesmonite, stained glass, basketry, printmaking, sculpture, classical guitar making, jewellery, metalwork and photography, There will be much competing for your attention and many places to have a wee coffee or a meal along the way, with great places to stay over too if you want to make a weekend of it all.

Pick up COS brochures throughout Cowal and mainland galleries.

Download it from or request a copy by post from

the website contact page.