When it comes to fine bone china, Dunoon stands as a beacon of excellence, craftsmanship and timeless elegance. As they celebrate their 50th anniversary, we take a look at the remarkable journey of this iconic brand and the enduring legacy it has embedded in the hearts of tea and coffee enthusiasts worldwide.

Back To The Beginning

Founded in 1974, Dunoon began its journey in the picturesque coastal Scottish town of Dunoon, nestled amidst the maritime gateway to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.  From its humble beginnings, Dunoon swiftly gained recognition for its unparalleled commitment to quality and innovation in the realm of fine bone china.

Dunoon, Scotland

In 1982, a new factory was opened in Stone, Staffordshire, nestled in the core of the ceramic industry. Dunoon embarked on a journey of collaboration, working with various designers and artists in order to refresh their ranges with new designs and distinct mug shapes.  Dunoon upholds the tradition of slip hand-casting to ensure the creation of exquisite, lightweight mugs.


Dunoon's commitment to distinction hinges on the skilled craftsman and precise quality standards. Each mug is exceptionally well designed in both shape and pattern and produced with the care for the esteemed clientele.   

Dunoon create their mugs using Fine Bone China Clay from Cornwall.  It contains bone ash which gives their products strength, translucency and a bright white finish.  Local, skilled craftsmen carry out each stage of manufacture, many of whom have remained loyal to the company for many years.  Each Dunoon mug is inspected and passed with the application of the Dunoon shield.  

Mug Shapes

Dunoon mugs are available in a wide choice of shapes, many of which are named after Scottish places.  Here is a quick insight to some of the most popular shapes:


One of Dunoon’s oldest shapes, this oversized mug boasts a flared top, a strong and comfortable handle and is quite striking.  The Glencoe shape features a range of informative designs, featuring educative and unusual facts and figures.  There are many themes to choose from covering everything from human biology to sports. 


The Skye shape offers a contemporary silhouette and is sure to make a statement thanks to its oversized capacity.  It features a comfortable, strap handle and is available in a choice of eye-catching patterns.  


Cairngorm is one of the most popular shapes and features the largest array of designs, including the entire collection of Caroline Bessey’s bright patterns.  The diverse themes housed within Cairngorm will cater to every taste, from playful renditions of Cats and Dogs to the elegant allure of Flowers and the harmonious notes of Music.


One of our favourites, Nevis features many of Jane Brookshaw’s fun animal patterns as well as more traditional floral and seaside artistry.  This large, cosy and curvy design is easy and comfortable to hold.  


The Orkney shape was first introduced in 2017.  The shape is modern and straight sided, perfect for contemporary patterns, meadow flowers and countryside animal designs. 

50th Anniversary

This year, 2024, marks the 50th anniversary of Dunoon ceramics.  This family business spans 3 generations and is a globally recognised brand.  To celebrate their 50th year, Dunoon have released a special edition, exclusive ‘Flying The Flag’ Lomond mug and it’s truly stunning. 

Dunoon have also released several other new designs for 2024, to complement their 50th year anniversary.  These include Nevis Bright Blooms, Cairngorm Marine Life, Glencoe Yoga and the Lomond Catter Splatter mugs. Browse all Dunoon Mugs here.

As Dunoon embarks on the next chapter of its illustrious journey, the future is brimming with endless possibilities and exciting opportunities. With a steadfast commitment to quality, creativity and sustainability, Dunoon continues to uphold its legacy as a true icon of British craftsmanship, inspiring generations to come with its exquisite creations.  Here's to 50 years of greatness and to many more to come.