Fourteen Days in Kintyre
There’s so much to do in Kintyre you’ll be spoilt for choice. Have a look at our highlights for spring to early summer. The difficult bit is choosing what to do first…
Day 1 – Kayaking at West Loch Shores
You might not want to travel far on your first day so why not hire one of our canoes or kayaks and take a trip out, either down the West Loch or around the Island of Two Strangers. If you’ve never kayaked before or want to brush up your skills then book some time with Dave of Kayak Majik who is based with us.
We also offer stand-up paddleboarding which is great fun for all the family. Or, if you prefer, talk to Dave about windsurfing at West Loch!
Day 2 – Golf
Kintyre is famous for its golf courses. With Tarbert Golf Club’s nine hole course within a five minute drive of West Loch Shores, you might choose to tackle this very scenic course first. Or if you want more of a challenge why not travel down Kintyre to one of the championship courses on our doorstep including Machrihanish, Machrihanish Dunes or Dunaverty?
Day 3 – Beaver Trial
Argyll boasts all of Scotland’s ‘Big 5’ and has added a sixth with the reintroduction of beavers. Although the Scottish Beaver Trial is now at an end, take a trip to Knapdale where, if you’re very lucky, you’ll catch sight of a beaver. If not, then become a nature detective and look for signs of these notoriously shy creatures.
Day 4 – Surfing
Kintyre has some of the best surfing beaches. Brave the waves of the Atlantic and you’ll be rewarded with some of the most exhilarating experiences! Choose from either Westport Beach or Southend for the best waves – and check what conditions are like before you go by logging onto the Westport Beach surfcam at http://www.liveontheedge.co.uk/Surfcam.html
Day 5 – Island hopping
f you want a life on the ocean wave why not visit one of the islands? We have five ferry terminals within an easy drive of West Loch Shores. Spring is an excellent time to visit Gigha’s Achamore Gardens or Arran’s Brodick Castle which are both a blaze of colour with their displays of rare Rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias.
The seasonal Campbeltown to Ardrossan crossing is a great way to reach Kintyre in summer. Or, if you’re coming from the central belt why not take the ferry from Portavadie to Tarbert?
The whisky islands of Islay and Jura are always a popular day trip and with the introduction of RET from Caledonian MacBrayne there has never been a better time to take the ferry.
Day 6 – Swimming
Occasionally it rains in Kintyre (!) but there’s still lots to do in the area. There are two indoor swimming pools close by in Lochgilphead or Campbeltown. Or, if you are feeling brave, try some wild swimming in the lochs or ocean around Kintyre.
Day 7 – Kintyre Way
Starting at Tarbert and ending at Southend, the Kintyre Way is a 100 mile route which winds its way along the entire length of the peninsula. Walk either all, or part of this beautiful route which cover hills, road and beach sections.
And for serious runners, the Kintyre Way Ultra is held each year – a great way for individuals or teams to see this incredible area.
Day 8 – Fishing
Kintyre is famous for its seafood, and Tarbert, Carradale and Campbeltown still have strong fishing fleets. So whether you want to stand on the banks with a rod or go out with one of the boats offering fishing charter trips why not try your hand at catching your dinner!!
Day 9 – Beaches
From secluded coves to miles of unbroken golden sand the choice of beach is completely yours. Explore the rocky outcrops which lead to a secret bay or lay your towel on the golden sand and relax while the rest of the family play on the dunes.
Day 10 – Mountain biking
If you want an exciting day out try one of the many Forestry Commission mountain bike trails around the Mid Argyll and Kintyre area.
Kintyre is the start (or end) of the Caledonian Way the cycle way with connects Campbeltown with Inverness, this 237 mile epic journey is on the bucket list of anyone who loves life on two wheels.
Day 11 – Castles, culture and history
Kintyre and Mid Argyll are steeped in history. You can put your foot on St Columba’s footprint in Southend, and then travel north to Dunadd, climb the hill and put your foot in the print which was used to crown the ancient kings of Dalriada. Or if you prefer visit one of the castles which dot the landscape, or investigate the standing stones which litter Mid Argyll. Find out their meaning and significance at Kilmartin Museum.
Day 12 – Horse riding
If you fancy a different view why not look at Kintyre from horseback? Whether you want a forestry hack or a gallop along the beach speak to one of the stables in the area.
Day 13 – Walk or cycle the Crinan Canal
The Crinan Canal has been called Britain’s most beautiful shortcut and is one of the busiest routes for yachts during the summer months. Stretching from Ardrishaig to Crinan it gives you the chance to see some of our best loved wild animals including red squirrels and deer. Hire bikes in Ardrishaig and go exploring!
Day 14 – Corryvreckan
End you holiday with a bang and go on a trip across the Corryvreckan, the natural whirlpool which lies between Jura and the mainland. This is the third largest whirlpool in the world so remember to take your camera! On this tour you will also get the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, seals and some of the other marine life around our coast.