The Kintyre Peninsula is quintessential Argyll - a gentle corner of the Highlands. Kintyre is joined to the mainland only by the narrow isthmus at the charming fishing village of Tarbert. Southwards lies Campbeltown, which clusters welcomingly around its sheltered sealoch. Beyond, within sight of Ireland, lies the Mull, immortalised in song by Paul McCartney.
Aptly known as Scotland's Holiday Peninsula, the unspoilt environment of Kintyre offers the visitor all the amenities of the bustling fishing and faming town of Campbeltown, as well as an unforgettable experience of tranquility, magnificent rocky shores with sightings of seals, dolphins and otters, beautiful sandy beaches, forest walks, bird-watching, fishing, a profusion of wild flowers, golfing on several local courses, sailing, windsurfing, subaqua and a richness in prehistoric and Celtic archaeology.
The Castle is situated approximately 3 miles from Campbeltown, which is a most attractive harbor settlement. The town supports a variety of independent and multiple retailers as well as 2 modern supermarkets - a Co-Op and a Tesco. The town has a modern leisure centre with swimming pool, gym, library and conference facilities. Campbeltown also supports an historical local cinema with a variety of hotel/ restaurant and dining opportunities - locally caught fish and produce is a speciality. Some of the many varied pubs in Campbeltown have musical events on most of the evenings. There is also an excellent tourist information office situated at the harbor, where you can find up to date news and events.
From the Castle you can travel approximately 5 miles south to the southern tip of the Kintyre Peninsula where there are beaches situated at Southend and the famous St. Columba's footprint, an area rich in archaeology, history and sealife. A scenic route can be taken from the Southend Road down to Campbeltown, which is a do not miss, with its breathtaking and spectacular coastal views. Seals can generally be found at Southend or at Machrihanish Bay which is a beautiful small bay near the local, highly acclaimed golf-course approximately 2 miles North of the Castle.
The rolling nature of the countryside makes exploring the many by-ways less strenuous and the area is steeped in history with numerous cairns and standing stones. Other interesting places to visit can be found on our links and things to do pages, and of course the tourist information can provide details on all current events.