"Kintyre Peninsula" Scotland Things to Do Tip by nickandchris

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  • Davaar island, Kintyre - Scotland
      Davaar island, Kintyre
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  • East coast of Kintyre - Scotland
      East coast of Kintyre
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  • Southend, Kintyre - Scotland
      Southend, Kintyre
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  • South coast, Kintyre - Scotland
      South coast, Kintyre
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The whole of Kintyre is so quiet, unspoilt and clean. The area is littered with standing stones, burial grounds and ancient forts.It is known as "The Mainland Island" there being only about a mile of road between West Loch Tarbert and Loch Fyne on the east. It doesn't suffer from an overkill of tourists as it is very much out on a limb and takes some getting to.

The west coast of Kintyre is wild and rocky, on the whole, with a couple of sandy beaches that can be very exposed. There is a beautiful sandy beach also at Southend, in the very south.The eastern coast is more sheltered and this is where tiny creeks and coves are found, which were ideal for landing contraband in days gone by.

The largest town is Campbeltown in the very south, which for such a small population has everything you need (including car hire!!) There is plenty of free car parking right in the town.
Everyone we spoke to was so friendly and helpful. The area is well geared to tourism but don't expect Mediterranean weather. Kintyre is very far west and is renowned for the rain and wind. We certainly suffered from these conditions for most of our holiday.
There is an excellent bus sevice from Glasgow, along the west coast to Campbeltown, three or four times a day. Only a service from Campbeltown to Carradale on the east.
I suppose the only downfall to Kintyre is it's lack of campsites. There are a few on the west, right on the main road and the odd decent one at Carradale and Machrihanish. The only Caravan Club or Camping Club Certificated site is where we stayed, at Corran Farm, Clachan.

To read about our holiday in this area, please look at: Campbeltown.

Address: Kintyre, Argyll.
Directions: Kintyre has to be accessed from Lochgilphead to Tarbert and then the A83. There is also a ferry from Arran to Skipness on the eastern side of Kintyre.

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  • Updated Oct 22, 2008
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