Kintyre and the Isle of Gigha
The Kintyre Peninsula stretches for about 30 miles from Southend and the Mull of Kintyre in the south to East Loch Tarbert in the north. Kintyre has so much to offer from great walks including the Kintyre Way 100 miles made up of seven graded and waymarked sections running from Tarbert to Machrihanish. The peninsula is popular with cyclists and car tourers as the roads running up the east and west shores of the peninsula provide a great circular route for touring. There are spectacular sandy beaches on the Atlantic coast popular with surfers. The main town is Campbeltown famed for its whisky production, there are still three distilleries in the town. Kintyre has much to offer in terms of culture and heritage from Glenbarr Abbey on the west of Kintyre Saddell Abbey in the west and up to Skipness Castle.
Kintyre has a wealth of places to eat out – unsurprisingly seafood is always an excellent choice.
The island of Gigha lies off the west coast of Kintyre and is reached by ferry from Tayinloan. The island was part of a ‘community buyout’ in 2002, which has turned around the fortunes of the island. Achamore Gardens are apopular attraction on the island, benefiting from the mild climate and the gulfstream. Gigha has wonderful sandy beaches and plentiful natural habitats making it a great location for bird and wildlife watching.