Kintyre is a walker’s paradise with The Kintyre Way running close by Muasdale. This 100-mile long-distance route runs from Tarbert in the north, along the Kintyre peninsula, all the way to Machrihanish.
Whether you are a serious walker or a just want a gentle ramble then take time to reconnect with nature and enjoy some breathtaking views.
Join the Kintyre way by heading north to Tayinloan or south to Bellochantuy where you’ll find some of the loveliest scenery on the peninsula.
If you’d like to visit some islands on your holiday then Muasdale Holiday Park is a great base! The islands of Gigha and Cara are the closest islands to Muasdale. Gigha is a short ferry journey from Tayinloan and is well worth a visit. Leave the car and visit on foot or by bike. You’ll find a warm welcome with a beach around every corner. Our top tip is to head for Achamore Gardens which is noted for beautiful exotic plants and trees.
Try out the championship 18 hole links course at Machrihanish Golf Club, with the first hole widely regarded as the finest in the world. It’s a challenging course with spectacular views over Machrihanish bay.
Another 18 hole golf course is that of Dunaverty Golf Club at Southend, with fabulous views of Ireland and the Mull of Golf in Kintyre which inspired Sir Paul McCartney to write and sing about it.
Challenging, but suitable for all the family is the splendid 9 hole course at Carradale Golf Club, with stunning views across Kilbrannan Sound to the isle of Arran.
Situated on the shores of West Loch lies Tarbert Golf Club, with its picturesque 9 hole course open all year round.
The lovely little 9 hole course on the Isle of Gigha offers the most wonderful panoramic views of the island and mainland. You had better have your driving in good trim when playing the Gigha course, as the rough can be very unforgiving! Those of a nervous disposition should take real care when teeing off at the 4th, it can be very intimidating.
Skipness CastleThe area abounds with sites of historic interest to stir your imagination. There are castles at Tarbert and Skipness, medieval gravestones at Skipness and Clachan, standing stones at Ballochroy, St Columba’s footprint and the site of a massacre which makes Glencoe look like a minor skirmish at Dunaverty, and the 12th Century Saddel Abbey said to contain the grave of Somerled the first “Lord of the Isles”. To this can be added numerous iron age forts, standing stones, chambered cairns, the list just goes on and on.
Scotland is famous for its fishing and there are several lochs and rivers within easy reach on the Kintyre Peninsula with reasonably priced fishing for Salmon, Brown Trout and Sea Trout. Carradale, Glenbarr and Campbeltown allow fishing by permit. Sea fishing charters are available off the Mull of Kintyre.
Seals are frequently spotted basking on the rocks around the shoreline of Kintyre and for the keen photographers there are a number of stopping places, the most popular is that of Ronachan Point which means “Place of the Seals”. Basking sharks and dolphins are often sighted. Otters are commonplace, particularly on Gigha. Kintyre is a haven for the bird lover with sightings guaranteed of the Buzzard, Golden Eagle and a variety of birds of prey. The most popular undisturbed Lussa Loch, in season, is a picturesque sighting for lovers of the Brent and Pink Footed Geese.
Don’t be disappointed when you discover Campbeltown Loch isn’t full of whisky as the town is still home to some of Scotland’s finest distilleries serving great drams. Take a distillery tour and find out how the water of life is made in the town and discover Campbeltown’s whisky heritage
If whisky isn’t for you then what about gin? Head up the scenic east coast of Kintyre to Torrisdale where you’ll find the recently opened Taster Room at Beinn An Tuirc Distillery. Sample some Kintyre Gin or buy some gin related souvenirs including gin flavoured tablet.