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Pocket Guide: Campbeltown

In the northeastern area of Scotland, Argyll and the Isles sit proud and beautiful. Campbeltown is one of the largest towns in the district, south of the Kintyre peninsula and a two hour drive from Glasgow. Visitors often stay here, as it is a brilliant base for exploring the scenic surroundings. Expedia has a fine selection of hotels that can be found quickly, and booked with the handy search tool.

Distilleries In & Around Campbeltown

Often referred to as the Whisky Capital of the World, Campbeltown has been a home to 34 distilleries over the years. Three remain open, producing world famous malts and welcoming guests to take a tour: Glen Scotia, Glengyle and Springbank. Mitchell’s Glengyle Limited bought and renovated the closed down Glengyle distillery in 2005 and today it celebrates its 200 year-old history. Springbank offers various tasting sessions, events and tours for whisky connoisseurs (or the curious!) who are paying a visit.

Learn About Campbeltown’s History

A variety of interactive, educational and fascinating attractions are on hand to enlighten guests on history of the area. Campbeltown Heritage Centre takes a look at coal mining and farming in Campbeltown and Kintyre through art work and artifacts. It also pays homage to the popular artist, William McTaggart. The Campbeltown Cross area is a medieval crossing with a 13th century Celtic cross monument set in a pretty park. The cross was built at a church in Kilkivan before it was moved to Campbeltown after the reformation. Also, take the time to discover the secret painting by a 19th century local artist in the Crucifixion Cave on Davaar Island, access this hidden piece of history by crossing the causeway during low tide.

Activities in Campbeltown

Like a lot of Scotland’s diverse landscape, Campbeltown and the surrounding areas are outdoor playgrounds for people of all ages. Golfers can enjoy teeing-off at Machrihanish Golf Club at the Mull of Kintyre southern tip or at Sjiskine Golf & Tennis Club on the nearby Isle of Arran. Those big on watersports might prefer a spot of surfing, some serious fishing or a boat trip around the Firth of Clyde. The Machrihanish Seabird and Wildlife Observatory is the place to be for bird watchers, set over extraordinary scenery. There are also great opportunities for horseriding, trekking and mountain biking.

Dining in Campbeltown

From traditional pubs, to locally sourced seafood restaurants, to quaint cafes - dining out in Campbeltown only adds to an authentic Scottish stay. There are also Italian, Chinese and Indian options for those who get a particular craving for global cuisine. Be sure to finish a meal with a dram of whisky made and delivered by one of the nearby distilleries.

With annual events such as the Mull of Kintyre Music Festival, Tarbert Seafood Festival and Southend Highland Games, there is always a reason to visit Campbeltown. Book the perfect accommodation today and start making plans for a thoroughly Scottish experience.