Campbeltown may be one of the largest towns in Argyll, but, nestled as it is on the peninsula of Kintyre, surrounded by beautiful, breath taking scenery, it’s hard to believe it. It is quaint and quiet and a perfect base for exploration.
Campbeltown is most famously known for the whisky it produces, and the nickname ‘the whisky capital of the world’ was a well earned one when there were an incredible 34 different distilleries located there. Today most of them have gone, but three remain (Glengyle, Springbank and Glen Scotia).
Springbank Distillery, founded in 1828 by the Mitchell family, offers guided tours (booked by prior arrangement) on which it is possible to learn about the old methods of distilling which it still uses to create Longrow whisky.
Originally, Campbeltown was known as Kinlochkilkerran (meaning ‘head of the lock’), but in 1667 Archibald Campbell, the Earl of Argyll, was given the land and the name was changed to reflect his ownership.
Campbeltown’s museum and cultural centre has many artefacts from the history of the area, including prehistoric ones. It really does give an insight into the way things were. For a more modern event, try to be in the town for the Mull of Kintyre Music Festival which runs annually every August. Some well known groups have performed here, including Deacon Blue and The Stranglers!
Ferries from Campbeltown, Scotland
|Campbeltown Ardrossan||3 weekly||2¾ hours||See prices °|
This information is for reference purposes only. Journey times are approximate. Frequency is based on typical schedules. Schedules are subject to availability and weather conditions. Information correct at the time of writing.
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The Ferry Terminal, New Quay, Campbeltown, Argyll, PA28 6ED, United Kingdom