Mull 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. www.mull-of-kintyre.co.uk
Kintyre is home to five golf courses – the most famous is the championship course at Machrihanish, with its stunning and infamous first hole, authoritatively voted the best opening hole in the world. All of our cottages are a 10 minute drive from three 18 hole golf courses – Machrihanish, the new Machrihanish Dunes and Southend. There are also 2 excellent 9 hole courses in Carradale and Tarbet.
Please see Kintyre Golf for further information.
The shoreline along Kildalloig Estate and into Campbeltown Loch provides a good base for a variety of waters ports including windsurfing, dingy sailing and kayaking.
Macrihanish has become something of a surfer’s paradise in recent years. Lessons are available and kit including boards can be rented from Breaks Surf Shop in Campbeltown.
Sea Fishing is readily available right off the shore on Kildalloig Estate. There are plenty of opportunities for sea angling and fresh-water fly fishing locally – see Flyfishing In Kintyre for further information.
Explore the Mull of Kintyre, the new Forestry Commission ‘Wee Toon Trail’ on Beinn Ghuilean and the challenging Fire Tower Trail at Lochgilphead by mountain bike. Bikes, Helmets, locks and puncture repair kits are all available for rent from Breaks Surf Shop in Campbeltown.
Riding of all disciplines can be enjoyed in the beautiful Kintyre countryside, with centres at Tarbert and Glenbarr. Highland Horse Riding specialise in sightseeing & wildlife watching treks, riding Scotland`s versatile Highland Ponies from their base near Tarbert.
Birdlife is abundant and varied and the range recorded in the area now stands at just over 200 species including regular rarities such as Leach’s Petrel, Balearic Shearwater, Grey Phalarope and Sabine’s Gull. There 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.
See Machrihanish Seabird and Wildlife Observatory for further information.
Enjoyable walks for all levels are right on the doorstep – from an easy stroll along the coast to more challenging walks further inland. Trees include ash, birch, elm, hazel, rowan, and willow as well as spruce and pine. Wildlife you are likely to see include roe deer, grouse and hen harriers.
Also see Kintyre Way for further information on local walks.
Sub-tropical & temperate gardens abound in Kintyre –for gardening enthusiasts there are a few `must visits` including Crarae, Arduaine, Jura House, Gigha and Stonefield. There are also a few plant nurseries that are well worth visiting – Glenbarr Nursery in the village of Glenbarr 15 miles north of Campbeltown and alsoSkipness Plants which 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.
The Picture House in Campbeltown is community owned and run and is the oldest continuously run, purpose-built cinema in Scotland still showing films. Open 6 days a week – see website for opening times and films showing.
Scottish Owl Centre
The Scottish Owl Centre is a 4 star Visit Scotland rated Wildlife Experience in Campbeltown. Scotland’s only owl centre gives you a unique opportunity to get close to these awesome birds and has the largest collection of owls in Scotland with birds from all over the world.
Now you can meet face to to face birds that you’ve only heard as a distant twit twoo. You’ll discover many varieties from the giant Eurasian Eagle Owl, the magnificent Great Grey Owl, to the tiny Scops Owl. There is an exhilarating flying display daily at 2:30pm.
Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre – The Aqualibrium
Situated on Kinloch Green in Campbeltown and offering spectacular views of Campbeltown Bay, this state of the art, multi-functional leisure complex – Aqualibrium– opened its doors to the public in 2006.
Home to a 25 metre, six lane swimming pool, the £7.5million building also houses a fitness suite; a relaxation suite; a child care facility and café/restaurant area. The inclusion of a library and conference facilities make the venue a thriving community hub for leisure, business and life-long learning activities.
Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse
Visit the Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse – accessible from a steep path.
Signposted from the Campbeltown to Southend road. Worth a visit for the spectacular views. Read the history of the lighthouse on the website