Campbeltown in Argyll and Bute lies near the tip of the craggy, heather-covered Kintyre peninsula, made famous by a song by Paul McCartney, who found peace and solitude here during the Beatles’ heyday. With Islay to its west and the Isle of Arran to its east, the peninsula is remote and wild, with beautiful loch-side walks and iconic whisky distilleries to discover. Campbeltown lies on the banks of a vast loch, in Argyll and Bute, surrounded by rugged hills and sheltered by Davaar Island. For centuries, it has been a busy fishing port and a centre for Scotch whisky, with three distilleries to visit during your visits to holiday cottages in Campbeltown. Springbank is perhaps the best known. Founded in 1828, it uses traditional methods to produce fine Longrow whisky.
Homestone Farmhouse is a large and traditional, stone-built farmhouse, on a 250-acre working farm, in an idyllic, secluded rural location, 5 miles from Campbeltown, on the Kintyre Peninsula. This child friendly farmhouse in Scotland sleeps 11 in 5 bedrooms. Pets welcome.
Wander into the town centre from your Campbeltown holiday cottage and you will discover unique landmarks such as the art-deco Wee Picture House, one of Scotland’s first purpose-built cinemas. Nearby, there is a museum and heritage centre, which houses a collection of remarkable pieces, including prehistoric artefacts discovered on the peninsula. On the waterfront, you will notice a 14th century Celtic Cross.
There are a variety of independent businesses in the town centre, including a number of atmospheric places to eat and drink. The Feathers Inn, the Burnside and the Ship Chandlers are all cosy pubs where you can enjoy a dram of local whisky, while Amelia’s Café and Bistro serves tasty food prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Campbeltown holiday cottages are popular among music fans attending the Mull of Kintyre Music Festival, which features a variety of local and international acts. Walking and wildlife-watching on the shores and hills of the Kintyre peninsula are a joy. Fishing trips and sea tours can be booked at the waterfront, while surfing, mountain-biking, and horse-riding can all be enjoyed nearby. Kintyre is home to some of Scotland’s best golf clubs, including Machrihanish and Gigha.