KintyreThalassa with Trench Point and Arran in the background
The Kintyre Pennisula is often overlooked as a destination in Scotland now that Campbeltown is not the centre of export of whisky to America as it once was and also since the closing down of the ferry to Ireland, but there is a wild charm to the area that comes from the all pervasive proximity to the sea. The Atlantic side has great surfing beaches whereas the more sheltered East coast has the views over Arran and the 89 mile Kintyre Way coastal path that is much valued by the walking community. If a golfer do not miss the chance to play the magnificent golf course at Machrihanish.
Machrihanish Golf Club is a famously long and international standard golf course that almost certainly would have been the host of many significant golf events if only it was located in a more accessable place. However it is well worth the journey to get to and generally there is no problem in booking a tee-time. There are also lesser courses at Carradale, Tarbert, on the Isle of Gigha and a second course at Machrihanish dunes.
The Kintyre Way is an 89 mile North to South route through the Kintyre penninsular. The walk begins in Tarbert Harbour, which is situated on East Loch Tarbert, an inlet of Loch Fyne. From there it criss-crosses the beautiful Kintyre peninsula to Dunaverty, on the southern shore. From its central spine of higher ground, there are wonderful views to the islands of Gigha and Jura. As you travel further south, you’ll see the mainland of Northern Ireland in the west and Arran in the east.
Kintyre is really an area of outstanding natural beauty that is apreciated well by walking the Kintyre Way coastal path. In particular Private House Stays recommends visiting Carradale Forest and The Dunaverty Rock. There are a couple of Museums that have interest for explanding local history at The An Tairbeart Heritage Centre, The Campbeltown Heritage Centre and The Network Carradale Heritage Centre. The Gardens on Gigha Island at Achamore are much prized, the visior centre at Glenbarr Abbey is worth visiting, and there are other tourist attractions at Skipness castle, The Campbeltown Celtic Cross, The Springbank Distillery and St Columba's Cave