Kintyre – Scotland hidden gem

Everyone knows the Wings song Mull of Kintyre, but very few people have actually ever gone to the peninsula of Kintyre. In fact most people don’t even know it’s a peninsula! The Mull itself is actually at the end of peninsula and houses the Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse, which was a manned lighthouse until 1996.

History

Kintyre has had evidence of human settlements since at least 10000 BC and has had many visitors over the years, Early Christians passed through with Saint Columba, Viking Kings visited and settled, it was part of the McDonald’s land in the days of The Lord of the Isle and was brutalised by the covenantors in the 17th Century. The main population centre now called Campbeltown became a Royal Burgh in 1700 and the modern history of the peninsula started form there. It became the world’s capital of Whisky in the Victorian era and still has distilleries today, and is the only one town whisky region in Scotland

How to get there

Kintyre is accessible by road, air and boat. The only road in and out is the A83 which you can take from Glasgow if you head west along Loch Lomond side. Campbeltown airport is a community owned airport on the site of the former RAF Machrihanish, which has daily flights from Glasgow. During the summer season there are ferries from both Ardrossan in Ayrshire and a small passenger boat from Ballycastle in Northern Ireland.

Accommodation

Kintyre’s accommodation for tourists is varied. There are some large hotels such as the Royal Hotel in Campbeltown, and other smaller hotels and B&Bs in the villages and in the country. There are also various caravan parks around the peninsula in Carradale, Peninver and Bellochuantuy. You can also stay in Yurts at Machrihanish for something a bit different. The Ardsheil Hotel is famous for its massive selection of whiskies and was voted Scottish whisky bar of the year in both 2013 and 2014.

Attractions

Golf Courses – Kintyre is home to some of the best links golf in the world, with Machrihanish Golf Course – designed by Old Tom Morris, arguably the most important course designer in history, the new Mach Dunes links course and other courses at Dunaverty and Carradale, Tarbert and on the nearby island of Gigha.

Distilleries

Campbeltown is it’s own whisky region and produces arguably the best whisky in the world and is home to three distilleries, Springbank, Glen Scotia and Glengyle. Whisky tourism is popular and you can visit and take tours of the distilleries or visit the Cadenhead’s Whisky shop and Tasting Rooms. The new Kintyre Gin distillery is housed at the Torrisdale Castle Estate a short jaunt from Campbeltown up the B842. All of the local whiskies and gins are available from local bars like the old fisherman’s bar Whisky Macs, which has been modernised and offers one of the best selections of drinks in the area.

If you’re looking to book a holiday in Kintyre you might want to make use of this booking.com discount code to help you get the best deals on your accommodation.

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