hill and forest walks.
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.
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 walks.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
Of Kintyre Lighthouse.
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 tragedy.
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.
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.
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. Check the current Cal