Kintyre is our home and we love it, but it would be rude not to visit our neighbours!
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!
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.
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.