Undiscovered Scotland Wikipedia
West Kintyre is essentially the A83. A few small settlements are strung out along the road, with occasional other houses and the odd road here and there heading into the interior of Kintyre, plus a few roads to the coast when the A83 strays slightly away from it. At the north end of Machrihanish Bay, the spine of Kintyre flattens out and the A83 heads across to Campbeltown. There's no direct road to the final settlement on the West Coast, Machrihanish as Campbeltown Airport is in the way, but there is a road round the back of the airport, which will get you there without having to go into Campbeltown.
West Kintyre & Whisky
A few places to drink whisky, but for distilleries you have to keep on down the road to Campbeltown - or take the ferry to Islay.
Communities in West Kintyre aren't big enough to warrant a page to themselves. Distances below are from Tayinloan, which is probably the largest of the settlements, roughly half-way down the peninsula, and the ferry port for the Isle of Gigha. The OS map shows a pub in the village, but that has been closed for some time.
Arriving & Departing
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Nearest train stations: Dalmally (DAL) (72 miles), Oban (OBN) (68), Ardrossan Harbour (ADS) (33 miles plus 2 ferries). Live Train Times: DAL OBN, ADS.
The Scottish Ferry Services: Ferries Plan (2013-2022) recommended an experimental Summer ferry service from Ardrossan to Campbeltown via Brodick (Arran) should commence from May 2013. This has now appeared as a late addition to the CalMac Summer timetable, with direct services from Ardrossan to Campbeltown on Thu/Fri/Sun and from Campbeltown to Ardrossan on Fri/Sun and via Brodick on Saturday.
Tayinloan is 19 miles from Campbeltown.
Dunultach B&B Clachan 01880 740650 @
The Old Smithy B&B Clachan 01880 740635 @
Ferry Farm B&B Tayinloan 01583 441141 (own web dead) @
Argyll Hotel Bellochantuy 01583 421212 @
High Bellochantuy Farm Bellochantuy 01583 421138 @
The Putechan Hotel Bellochantuy 01583 421323 @
Happy By the Sea ??Check?? 01583 421192/07919 410872 @
Craignahullie B&B Bellochantuy 01586 820397
Dalnaspidal GH Tangy 01586 820466 @
Westport Beach B&B Westport 01586 552056
Largiemore Farm B&B Kilkenzie 01586 820225 @
The West Road House Kilkenzie 01586 820274 @
Balinakill Country House Clachan is still listed by some sites as an hotel, but is now only available for hire - at about £4000 a week.
For self-catering see:
Scottish Accommodation Index, West Scotland, Argyll & the Isles
Kintyre Accommodation/Visit Kintyre, Scottish Accommodation Guide
Cool Camping Kintyre Way
Cara Café Point Sands nr Tayinloan 01583 441263
Big Jessies Tearoom Tayinloan 01583 441141
Watering Can Coffee Shop Glen Barr 01583 421200/421364
Argyll Hotel Bellochantuy 01583 421212
The Putechan Bellochantuy 01583 421323
Dalnaspidal GH Tangy 01586 820466
Post Offices: Clachan, Tayinloan, Glenbarr.
Check PO Branch finder (search for postcode PA29) for opening times - generally morning only.
Banking - go to Tarbert or Campbeltown!
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions and my other pictures of West Kintyre are available on Flickr at: