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Activities

Kintyre, claimed by the Vikings as an island, is a long narrow finger of land pointing from Argyll back to the Gaelic homeland in Northern Ireland just 11 miles away. The landscape is scenic, the climate mild and the people friendly and welcoming. It is often descibed as Scotland’s only mainland island and an undiscovered gem. If scenery, wildlife, the outdoor life and pursuits are your thing then you will find them here in abundance.

Walking & Hiking

On 12th August 2006, a new trail, the Kintyre Way was launched. The way-marked route allows visitors to walk from Tarbert to Southend – a distance of approximately 89 miles. Depending on ability, it takes about 4-7 days to complete and incorporates serious hiking and gentle rambles. There are numerous other walks in the area and it’s worth picking up a copy of the Footprint Guide to ‘The Kintyre peninsula’ which is available from Tourist Information Centres.

Golf

Golfers are spoiled for choice as Kintyre is home to five superb, yet unique golf courses, each with its own character. Machrihanish Golf Course is set in wonderful dunes beside the small village of Machrihanish and the first tee has been voted by many as ‘the best opening hole in golf’. Dunaverty, beside the village of Southend, is a stunning scenic undulating links course offering great views of Ireland and the Mull of Kintyre. On the east side of the peninsula, the nine-hole course at Carradale is a popular choice for visitors and this friendly course sees many families as children are made very welcome.

At the north end, Tarbert has a moorland golf course which is a challenge to the novice and expert alike – you need to be straight to hit the green on this course! If you enjoy your golf overseas, then take a trip over to the Island of Gigha and play the 9-hole course there. This 9-hole course has fantastic panoramic views of the island and back over to Kintyre.

A new links course, Machrihanish Dunes is due to be completed in September 2008 and this will be the first new course on the west of Scotland in over 100 years.

Sports

Windsurfing is popular in Kintyre and the 5 mile long beach from Westport to Machrihanish is one of the best spots in Scotland to practice the sport. Breaks Surf Shop in Campbeltown offers board and wetsuit hire. They also offer mountain bike hire, and there are a number of bike trails in Kintyre for those who enjoy this sport.

If you are after more traditional country sports, there are numerous opportunities for fishing and angling, either river or loch. Permits are available at the local Tourist Information Centre or by emailing the Kintyre Angling Club. Shooting, including rough, game and clay pigeon is available at Killean Estate, near Tayinloan and they also provide deer stalking. Pony trekking and horse riding is available around Kintyre and the many tracks and beaches offer many places for hacking and trekking.

Daytrips

If you are looking for a day out in Kintyre then perhaps a drive around the peninsula taking in the scenery and views, and stopping at the various villages, tearooms and eating establishments is for you. A day trip to the Island of Gigha (God’s Isle), where the sun always shines for at least part of the day is a fantastic experience. Arran is another popular day trip – the island being described as ‘Scotland in miniature’.

If you wish to go farther afield, then Inveraray, with its famous jail or Oban, the ‘Gateway to the Isles’ are popular places to visit. The village of Crinan, where the canal from Ardrishaig ends is a picturesque and tranquil spot to spend a day.

Kintyre Seatours offers fast and exhilarating boat trips from Campbeltown to the Mull of Kintyre, with other trips available to Arran, Ailsa Craig, the Ayrshire coast and Northern Ireland.

Campbeltown

Take a stroll around Campbeltown and admire the impressive architecture (keep looking up!) and visit the varied selection of shops there. Campbeltown is made special by it’s people. Say ‘hello’ and everyone will reply!

If you’re looking for something to do in Campbeltown then you’ll find plenty going on. The newly opened Aqualibrium Leisure Centre is home to a 25 metre, six lane swimming pool, a fitness suite, a relaxation suite, a child care facility and cafe/restaurant area. The Heritage Centre gives you an insight into the history of the area¬†

Other activities include a sailing club, a putting green, tennis courts, and bowling clubs. There is also the Picture House, which is the oldest continuously operating cinema in Scotland.

Whisky aficionados can take a tour of Springbank Distillery which is open for tours on weekdays. They also have the Tasting Room in Bolgam Street, where you can taste their range of excellent whiskies.

Eating Out

There are no shortage of eating (and drinking!) establishments in the Kintyre area. You can choose from tearooms to restaurants to hotels and many menus feature fresh local produce. There is something to suit all tastes and pockets.