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Ferry Services

Caledonian Macbrayne provide the main ferry services to our islands. Visit their website for details of prices and availability. We strongly suggest that you pre-book in the summer season as it can get VERY busy! www.calmac.co.uk
Kintyre is our home and we love it, but it would be rude not to visit our neighbours!

ISLAND HOPPING

Our location is perfect for visiting some of the gorgeous Inner Hebrides & western isles which are right on the doorstep. Even if you’re only staying for a few days, take a short ferry trip and see the wonderful landscapes of Scotland from the sea!

Isle of Gigha ( 5 mins drive + 20 mins ferry from Tayinloan)

Sometimes known as ‘God’s Island’, Gigha is our nearest neighbour and is reached from our village - the ferry port of Tayinloan. There are regular ferries to the Island, which take only 20 minutes each way. Well worthy of a day trip, Gigha boasts beautiful bays, sandy beaches, clear green seas, amazing views, lochs and hillsides and an abundance of wildlife and birdlife. There are various historic sites to visit and the glorious, well-known Achamore Gardens. These 50 acres of beautiful woodland gardens include exotic plants, a walled garden, greenhouses and Achamore House (also known as the Jewel in the Crown), and are open all year. Tel: 01583 505254. You can hire a bicycle once you get there, which is a wonderful way to see the whole island, as cars are few and far between!

Isle of Arran (30 mins drive + 30 mins ferry from Claonaig)

One of the most southerly Scottish islands, Arran sits in the Firth of Clyde between Ayrshire and Kintyre. Arran is 19 miles long by 10 miles wide but has a remarkable diversity of landscapes and seascapes. The pretty villages on Arran's beautiful coastline are complemented by a rugged and mountainous interior in the north and green rolling hills and woodland in the south. Whether you're looking to get away from it all, have an action-packed day or just uncover the hidden delights, Arran really does have something for everyone.

Islay & Jura (20 mins drive + 2 hours ferry from Kennacraig)

Islay is the most southerly of the Inner Hebrides, famed for its smoky, single malt whiskies, wintering geese and miles of sandy beaches and friendly locals. Jura is famed for the resident red deer and is a magnificent wild and lonely wilderness with its distinctive triple peaks, the Paps of Jura, attracting hillwalkers and nature lovers alike. Both islands are home to nine world famous malt whisky distilleries, all of which will happily take visitors on guided tours, ending with the customary complimentary dram. Several annual festivals are organized between spring and autumn with themes varying from walking, jazz, Gaelic culture, classical music, to books and art exhibitions. Islay is particularly flat and excellent cycling country. We suggest that an overnight stay is more appropriate for a trip to Islay & Jura, otherwise it will be very rushed.

Northern Ireland

If you fancy a quick trip over to the emerald isle, then the Kintyre Express can whisk you over. Regular sailings throughout the summer months. www.kintyreexpress.com

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