Argyll & the Isles

This small town at the south end of the Kintyre peninsula may be remote in terms of land transport, but it is very convenient for the sea routes between the Clyde and Ireland’s north coast. This sheltered port of call has good shore attractions, not least of which are its three distilleries, the remains of a a once dominant industry. There were once some 30 distilleries in the town. The old song ‘ Campbeltown Loch, I wish you were whisky’ says it all!

Springbank distillery produces three distinct types of whisky; Longrow, Springbank, and Hazelburn, whilst the Glen Scotia distillery makes just one. The new Glengyle distillery is home of Kilkerran, which is sold as a ‘Work in Progress’. All the Campbeltown distilleries’ production is single malt whisky, of course.

Other activities in the area include golf and beach walks at Machrihanish, walking the Kintyre Way, and boat trips to Sanda, the Mull, and to N Ireland. Surfing conditions at Machrihanish are often world class.

There are three golf courses, two at Macrihanish and one at Dunaverty, near Southend. The Macrihanish courses are very well known, but for a round with a difference on a challenging 18 hole course, Dunaverty, 10 miles south of Campbeltown is a must. It has spectacular views over the coast, south to Sanda Island, east to Ailsa Craig and Ayrshire and west to the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland.

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