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The western parts of Scotland are an area of the world drenched in history and, even in modern times, they maintain an atmosphere of otherworldliness. Just like many other areas in this region, the stunning peninsula of Kintyre is a quiet, rural landscape lined with rugged coastlines and dotted with small lochs and tiny village communities. Perfect for solo adventurers and groups alike, this unique part of Scotland can be easily accessed by flight or ferry.
Campbeltown Airport is located on Kintyre, three miles from the village of Campbeltown. It’s a small airport that only operates flights to and from Glasgow on the budget airline Flybe. A small number of Glasgow flights depart and arrive every day, and if you’re intending to fly into Campbeltown it’s a good idea to get your booking arranged a good few weeks in advance. Due to its size, the airport is small and basic, but boasts some handy conveniences such as free parking, wheelchair access, and disabled toilets.
The best way to travel on from Campbeltown Airport is by car. You can arrange to hire a vehicle directly at the airport, although it is advised that you make your booking in advance. Local taxi services can also pick you up, and if you are heading to Campbeltown you shouldn’t find this too expensive, as the town is only three miles away. From Campbeltown itself, public transport links to other destinations are much easier. Here, you can take a ferry to Ardrossan, or catch buses heading north or south.
Any trip to this part of the world should start with a journey to the Mull of Kintyre, the southwestern tip of the peninsula where – on a clear day – you can look across the water from the historic Mull of Kintyre lighthouse and admire the Northern Irish coastline. From here, you can head back north towards Campbeltown, either along the A83 on Kintyre’s western coast, or the B842 on its eastern coast. Popular tourist activities include golfing at one of the peninsula’s courses, taking a sea tour from Campbeltown, and walking along Lussa Loch. You can also catch ferries to the neighbouring islands of Gigha, Arran, and Islay.
Flying into Campbeltown Airport can be a great decision if you’re keen to visit the nearby islands of Arran and Islay. You can reach Arran from Campbeltown by heading north to Claonaig, where you can catch a ferry to Lochranza. Popular tourist spots on Arran include Goat Fell mountain and Brodick Castle & Country Park. Islay, meanwhile, can be accessed from Kennacraig, which you can get to by heading north from Campbeltown on the A83 (there’s a public bus that follows this route if you don’t have a car). From Kennacraig you can catch a ferry to either Port Askaig or Port Ellen. Must-see spots on the island include the American Monument war memorial, the Laphroaig Distillery, and the beautiful Loch Finlaggen.