Fáilte gu Chinn Tire!
*Welcome to Kintyre!
Just past Loch Lomond, the A82 heads west down the A83 and into Argyll. Passing through Arrochar, Inveraray, Lochgilphead and into the Kintyre Peninsula: the Mainland Island.
Clinging on to mainland Scotland by just 15 miles of land, many turn back before reaching Kintyre, but those who journey on find breathtaking scenery, seemingly endless coastline and a real hidden gem of a place. Saddell, on cycle route B842, with it’s historic abbey and castle on the east side has stunning views of Arran and the Kilbrannan Sound.You can even see Ailsa Craig and the Ayrshire coast.
Nearby Campbeltown has 2 supermarkets and a variety of shops, bars and restaurants. Here you’ll also find the Hospital, Airport and main terminus for buses from Glasgow. Also found on the A83 are ferry links to Arran, Islay and Gigha.
Stay Active or Simply Relax
Activities available in Kintyre include golf, sailing, walking, surfing, fishing or simply mucking about on the beaches and enjoying some quality Scottish fayre! Campbeltown offers a leisure centre with swimming pool and other rainy-day activities, should the inevitable occur!
Many of the beaches can be licensed as an Outside Ceremonies venue and there are many picturesque village halls and venues are available for function hire.
Folk legend John Martyn, author Naomi Mitchison, and of course the McCartney family have all enjoyed the relaxed pace of rural life and the magical spirit of Kintyre.
Kintyre is rife with musical talent and several local music festivals showcase our rich musical history and future, as well as inviting internationally famous acts to perform including Capercaillie, String Driven Thing, Eddi Reader and The Fratellies.
Our local pipe bands and brass bands have won countless competitions over the years, and Carradale is very proud to lay claim to piper extraordinaire Lorne MacDougall!
Saints, Kings and Clans
Argyll is truly steeped in history: it was once a hub of Viking activity, and many of the place names here are of Norse origin, particularly Carradale and Torrisdale.
The Kings of ancient Scotland, aka Dalriada, were crowned in Campbeltown and there are many castles and forts throughout Argyll.
St Columba landed first in Kintyre on his mission from Ireland to introduce Christianity to Scotland. His ‘footprints’ can be seen at Southend as well as the cliff-caves he took shelter in.
Later the area witnessed first-hand the infamously brutal feuds between clans Campbell and MacDonald with an historic massacre said to be larger in scale and brutality than Glencoe took place at Dunaverty Rock near Southend.
Nearby Saddell Abbey, now ruins but stones restored was home to the Cistercian Monks, and one can still find blissful solitude in this quiet area. During a large regeneration of Saddell it was discovered the stone-carving techniques were born here in Kintyre and spread throughout Scotland.