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The Kintyre 66

Tourist voices in the Kintyre Peninsular have been looking at the NC500 and wanting their own version. Kintyre is often really overlooked as it is overshadowed by the islands off of it, Islay and Jura, and other bits of Argyll, such as Oban, Mull and up toward Ft William.

Would you add this in to a trip to Scotland?* Interested as I can be in Kintyre in three hours by car, so it is always there for me

(*edited to clarify this is a general question about visiting Scotland)

Kintyre 66

Posted by
1064 posts

MC, did you mean this message for Rick for his books? I am not sure he reads this forum so an email might be better.

On a side note, I have read and appreciated a lot of your posts on TripAdvisor and have incorporated some of your help into my last trip to Scotland.

Posted by
1280 posts

Nah, meant this as a question to the forumites. I.e to get a view on what a North American audience would think. The Kintyre peninsular is an overlooked part of Scotland, but has a lot of reasons, not necessarily of its own making, as to why it is overlooked.

Posted by
2744 posts

I also wasn't sure who is being asked to "add this in," but I've driven down the Kintyre as far as the Tayinloan ferry dock for Gigha. Would have liked to go all the way to Campbeltown, but it would have taken more time than we had. The coastline there was a nice change from the highlands. Hubs and I loved Inveraray (Brambles!) and also enjoyed staying at the Stonefield Castle Hotel in Tarbert. There is so much to see in Scotland!

Posted by
1280 posts

Should have been clearer, 'add this in' was for anyone for any reason visiting Scotland. In other words, to see if the promoters stand a decent chance of promoting Kintyre in the same way the NC500 works.

Posted by
5559 posts

If you are looking for other opinions....you know I will have one! I went to Tarbert to go to the music festival the week after 9/11. I had been on Mull and took a day plus to get down to Stonefield Castle. I didn't just listen to the music, although there was this one group where a woman played an amazing lime green electric fiddle!!! I drove down the west coast on the day there was the minute of silence. It was a bit eerie as everyone just pulled over. There were so many surfers! I did not get all the way to the Mull of Kintyre as I had not filled the gas tank properly and was concerned about a filling up. The other thing I remember from that drive aside from the scenery were the army trucks. It added to the 9/11 edge. On another day I went to Skipness Castle. And I am pretty sure that I went to a castle/house that was the home of the Clan MacAlister, but I can't find it now for the life of me. If I were to do it again, I would want to go all the way to the Mull and would have wanted time in Campbelltown. Maybe a trip for the book fair some day. I thought it was a beautiful place with amazing beaches. And the music festival was great! Also, it is closer than the north.

Posted by
1064 posts

Well, we tend to travel to what we have heard about. Interesting article and I did a bit of reading about it. It looks like yet another lovely piece of Scotland (where I have tried to be 2 years in a row.....) Maybe 2022!

Posted by
123 posts

The Long and Winding Road is an important piece of history. Also Golf has some legacy here.