The town of Campbeltown at the foot of the Mull of Kintyre, is a long way from anywhere. However the views and the beaches along the Tarbert - Campbeltown road are excellent and Machrihanish beach near the town is quiet and excellent for walking along to relax. The general area includes Davaar Island, Carradale, Glenbarr, Machrihanish, Southend and Saddell.
The harbour of Campbeltown is guarded at its entrance by Davaar which becomes an island at high tide. The island is famous for its cave painting of Christ which was painted by Archibald Mackinnon in 1887. The causeway can be dangerous and in adverse weather conditions with a rising tide has recently claimed the life of a local man. Care should be taken and if caught on the wrong side, do not take any risks by crossing.
The town itself is overlooked by a hill, Ben Ghuilean where on a choice of walking routes, a great view of the town and its sea approaches can be appreciated. Due to its geographical position, Campbeltown is still a popular fishing port despite the decline of the Scottish fishing industry. There was recently a ferry which ran from here to Ireland, unfortunately that is no longer the case.
The village of Carradale is about 15 or 16 miles up the east side of Kintyre north of Campbeltown with a well sheltered fishing harbour. Signs in the area welcome visitors and proclaim the friendliness of all. This is a pleasant drive with many places to stop and admire the views or enjoy a picnic. This area is particularly good for walks and cycle tracks and the Kintyre Way goes through the village.
Another pleasant trip is down to Southend where there are many good views and places to stop. You can also see Columba's footprints in the stone and also the famous Keil caves. The beaches here are sandy and often with good surf. At this point you are only 12 miles from Ireland.