There is a buzz of social and cultural activity on the Peninsula with many active clubs and societies organising regular and one-off events. In addition, the natural environment provides wonderful opportunities for outdoor activities such as sailing, walking, cycling. The scenery is a major drawcard for visitors, and walks and drives around the Peninsula offer stunning vistas around almost every corner. Even the small ferry that carries passengers between Kilcreggan and Gourock is a pleasure jaunt in itself giving uninterrupted views of the Firth of Clyde and its backdrop of hills, lochs and islands.
Enjoying the scenery
The road along the shore (B833) runs through Garelochhead and around the Peninsula taking in views across the Gareloch, the River Clyde and beyond to the Isles of Bute and Arran, Loch Long and the hills of the Cowal Peninsula and mid-Argyll.
There are a number of convenient car parks and viewing areas.
From Barbour road, which traverses most of the length of Peninsula high above the shoreline, the views are even more spectacular.
To the south is a remarkably extensive view of the river Clyde, and to the north, the Arrochar Alps are visible in the distance. From the M.O.D. road which runs from Coulport back to the Whistlefield roundabout you can see the whole of the Gareloch and across the Clyde to the hills of Inverclyde, and in the other direction get a closer view of the impressive mountains to the north, perennial favourites with hikers and climbers.
Enjoying the built environment
Attractive man-made features complement the natural beauty of the area including splendid mansions of the Victorian era and public and private gardens open to the public.
On the shore road, walkers and cyclists are amply rewarded for their efforts. Not only can they enjoy the views at leisure, they also have time to study the many fine Victorian houses and castles along the way. For the student of architecture, the area is a concentrated showcase of works of distinguished Scottish architects of the Victorian era, e.g. Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, William Leiper, John Honeyman, William Motherwell, and others.