Kintyre, Campbeltown and Tarbert

Kintyre, Campbeltown and Tarbert

Kintyre is an extremely long and narrow peninsula, almost divided from the rest of Argyll by its narrow neck or Tarbert, and is known as the Mainland Island. Although it has no high mountains, Kintyre has a rugged and beautiful coastline and has much to offer walkers. The largest settlement is Campbeltown at the southern end; far closer to Northern Ireland than to most of Scotland. At the northern end is the charming fishing village of Tarbert and its bustling harbour.

As well as countless shorter walks on the coastline or in the extensive forests, the area is also host to a long distance route, the Kintyre Way, which runs the length of the peninsula. Kintyre is also the gateway to the islands of Islay and Jura, whilst no visitor should miss the fertile Isle of Gigha, just a few miles from the west coast.


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