Campbeltown is situated on the Kintyre peninsula by Campbeltown Loch. Its name comes from Archibald Campbell, the Earle of Argyle, who was granted the site in 1667 – although the area was settled long before this, known initially as Kinlochkilkerran.
From its location on the famous Mull of Kintyre (made into something of an icon by Paul McCartney’s 1977 pop hit) to its busy fishing ports, the town has many things to offer. The area is historically prominent for its whisky-making; one of the five areas in Scotland distinguished as a malt whisky producing region (and once lauded as ‘the whisky capital of the world’), Campbeltown remains a protected locality for Scotch whisky distilling. The town is also home to several Category A listed buildings, including a museum of prehistoric items excavated from around Kintyre and a functioning picture house, believed to be the oldest purpose-built cinema in Scotland.
Things to do in Campbeltown
Island Davaar sits at the mouth of Campbeltown Loch off the east coast of Kintyre, close to Campbeltown. A natural shingly causeway links it to the mainland, a pleasant crossing that takes about 40 minutes by foot.
Westport Beach in Argyll is one of the most beautiful beaches on Scotland's west coast. Stretching for 10km, Westport Beach is set against the backdrop of the Machrihanish Dunes, a Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the largest area of dunes in Argyll. Popular with surfers and dog walkers, Westport Beach is also a wonderful place to relax and have a picnic. The beach is nestled next to Machrihanish Golf Course, one of the best golf courses in the UK.
Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse
Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse is a lighthouse built at the tip of the Kintyre Peninsula, on the Mull of Kintyre Headland in the Irish Sea, in the county Argyll and Bute in south-west Scotland. It is the second lighthouse to be built in Scotland and guides navigation in the North Channel, separating Ireland from Great Britain. It is now protected as a UK Grade A listed monument.
Campbeltown Museum tells the tale of Kintyre through its selection of archaeology, natural science, social history, and fine art. Highlights include Bronze Age jet jewelry, a William McTaggart seascape, and a penny farthing!