hill and forest walks.
The most popular pastime amongst visitors to Port
Righ is walking, and perhaps golf. Fortunately as there are
so many choices, from Carradale Bay to the wind farm, walkers
are likely to find it very quiet. Except on match days the
golf course is also very peaceful. Dunvalanree has a series
of walks based at Port Righ.
Not only is there a Tea room with home baking but
also an exhibition on the historical, cultural and social
background to the highland fishing village. Well worth a
visit and it is also a start/end point for a number of forest
One of the brochures available is the "Campbeltown
Town Trail". This gives a short note about the range
of old buildings in the "Wee Toon", which is architecturally
very rich. During Victorian times there were about 34 distilleries
and the owners vied with each other to have the most impressive
You should try to visit Eaglesome’s shop. You can talk about THE bottle
of whisky after you have seen it. Eaglesome does also have an interesting range
of old Scottish ales as well as the spectacular variety of whisky for which
they are well known.
Just next door is Campbeltown Pottery who have supplied us with the hospitality
trays etc. They have an interesting range of mugs, plates, jugs vases etc.
The Heritage Centre is housed in an old church, the Tartan Kirk, and makes
for an interesting time discovering the background to Kintyre today. The Museum
(reached through the library) is a little old fashioned but does have some
interesting local archaeological finds.
Visit the Springbank Distillery?
Distillery tours are available by appointment from Monday to Thursday during
the summer. (April - September) Please book places in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or
telephoning +44 (0) 1586 552085. See their website at http://www.springbankdistillers.com.
The Wee Picture
House, the country’s oldest working cinema, is an Art Deco
treasure, on Hall Street.
Check out the tide times at the Campbeltown Tourist Office or on the notice
board in Dunvalanree and take a walk across the isthmus to Davaar Island (no
dogs) to see the cave painting of Christ on the Cross. This was painted in
secret over 100 years ago and remained undiscovered for 30 years. Imagine being
the person who found it!
Situated right next to Dunvalanree is the Scottish Wildlife Trust's
Carradale Nature Reserve. This is home to a small herd of Wild Goats. There
are also a number of sheep in this area so dogs need to be kept on a lead.
At the Point, accessible around low tide is the Vitrified Viking Fort. The
walls were set on fire and fused the stone so forming a good defence for the
time. There is controversy as to whether the fire was set accidentally or on
There is a bird observatory at Usaid Point at Machrihanish. This
is the first landfall for many migratory birds and seals are often to be
found here. If you pick a day when it is manned you will have a wonderful
time seeing the wildlife.
Spend a day on God’s Island. Park the car at Tayinloan and hire a bike
at the grocery shop on Gigha. Also available from the Post Office is a map
of walks. Eat at the Boathouse, you will see it on the left as you walk up
to the village from the ferry.
What to visit?
new wind turbines
Just off the road to Campbeltown is Kildonan Galleried
Dun, which dates from the Iron Age. It is in remarkably good
shape and it is possible to walk round the tops of the walls
and imagine what the area looked like eighteen hundred of
years ago. When it was excavated before the last war it produced
a wealth of finds; some are on display in Campbeltown Museum.
There is a Forestry Commission car park close by at Ballochgair.
Mull Of Kintyre Lighthouse.
There has been a lighthouse at this remote end of the road beyond
Southend since 1788. Cars must be left at the top of the hill before walking
down the road for a mile or so. The road passes the memorial to the helicopter
If you feel like a really good walk you could try for the ruined village.
You have the chance to see Organic Tanning in action, which is unique to this
area. Elsewhere all tanning is done with chemicals in large factories. Torrisdale
uses an ancient method of making leather which was brought back into production
about thirty years ago, with help from an old book. Tanning started at Grogport,
and during subsequent years methods of handling have evolved and you can now
see all this in action at Torrisdale Castle Tannery.
Sheepskin and deerskin rugs of exceptional quality are produced on the spot
and there are other items for sale at both tanneries.
Saddell Abbey is reputed to be the burial place of Somerled, widely considered
to be the first king of Scotland. He founded the Abbey but was killed in 1164
before the Abbey was completed. The Abbey was finished by his son soon after
1200. There is an extensive collection of late medieval carved stone grave
slabs under a canopy where there are a number of interpretation panels which
set the scene.
Just over the main road is Saddell Castle built with stone from the abbey.
There is a small parking area just inside the gate. After parking it is possible
to walk down the drive, view the outside of the castle and the recently restored
Saddell House and visit the beach. This is the beach that featured in the 'Mull
of Kintyre' video by Wings. The castle was built for the Bishop of Argyll in
the early sixteenth century.
Skipness is on the north eastern corner of Kintyre, and is reached by keeping
left at the Clonaig ferry terminal. The village itself is picturesque and boasts
a castle, a chapel (dedicated to St. Branden after whom Kilbrannan Sound is
named) and a garden centre. The Seafood Cabin, part of the SeaFood Trail is
close to the castle for another opportunity to sample local delicacies.
The castle dates from the 13th Century and probably belonged to the Lords of
the Isles, reverting to the crown when the Lordship was forfeited in 1493.
It was later granted to the Duke of Argyll. Skipness
Plants can be reached from a track to the left of the road down
to the castle. Bill McHugh offers a mail order service and has a catalogue
of unusual plants.
A Sea Cruise From Kintyre!
of Kintyre Sea Tours, based at the old pier in
Campbeltown, offers exhilarating and memorable fast marine
trips to the spectacular scenery of the Mull of Kintyre or
Ailsa Craig as well as being available for private charter.
Islay and Colonsay
Every Wednesday it is possible to sail from Kennacraig to Islay then Colonsay,
spending about six hours there while the boat goes on to Oban. This is a spectacular
cruise but it does leave Kennacraig at 0815 and gets to Colonsay at midday.
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