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Article published 09/05/2019

Dunoon Burgh Hall, a Historic Environment Scotland Category B listed building, has joined an impressive network of over 140  iKnow Partners across Argyll & the Isles. The iKnow Partner programme harnesses the local knowledge, warmth and enthusiasm of partners across the country to help visitors receive the warmest of welcomes and make the most of their trip to Scotland.

Built in 1874, the hall was the first theatre in Argyll, but had fallen into disrepair and lay unused for decades. Purchased by the John McAslan Family Trust in 2008, its restoration is an inspiring story of a Scottish community coming together to preserve its rich cultural heritage.

Reopened in 2017, the building is now a fully accessible venue for exhibitions, performances and gatherings. Alongside a gallery and theatre, the venue offers creative workshop space, a garden and a cafe.

It has become a creative and cultural hub in Cowal, making it an ideal partner for our innovative approach to information provision. The iKnow partner accreditation will add value to the service they offer and make it easier than ever before for visitors to connect with local businesses. This will support the local economy and ensure communities in Dunoon and across Cowal enjoy the benefits brought by tourism.


Dunoon Burgh Hall is a fantastic venue and an excellent example of what a community can achieve when they come together. I’m delighted they have chosen to become a member of our iKnow Partner programme.

Donald Hoy, VisitScotland Industry Relationship Manager

The scheme is open to all Quality Assured businesses, as well as community groups, local authority-operated library services and social enterprises. VisitScotland provides the partner sites with official signage and collateral, promotional material and information resources to make sure visitors receive an excellent standard of information about the area and the rest of Scotland. For more information, visit