What to do and see in Campbeltown, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

December 22, 2017 Leonardo Torrence

Campbeltown; (/ˈkæmbəltən/ ( listen); Scottish Gaelic: Ceann Loch Chille Chiarain or Ceann Locha) is a town and former royal burgh in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It lies by Campbeltown Loch on the Kintyre peninsula. Originally known as Kinlochkilkerran (an anglicization of the Gaelic, which means "head of the loch by the kirk of Ciarán"), it was renamed in the 17th century as Campbell's Town after Archibald Campbell (Earl of Argyle) was granted the site in 1667. Campbeltown became an important centre for shipbuilding and Scotch whisky, and a busy fishing port.
Restaurants in Campbeltown

1. Springbank Distillery

85 Longrow, Campbeltown PA28 6EX, Scotland
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5 based on 230 reviews

Springbank Distillery

Springbank Distillery is one of the main visitor attractions in Campbeltown, Kintyre. It is one of three Distilleries remaining in Campbeltown which, in the 19th century, was classed as 'The Whisky Capital of the World'. Established in 1828, Springbank is the oldest independent family owned distillery in Scotland and is the only distillery in Scotland to carry out the full production process on one site - from the traditional floor maltings through to the bottling.

Reviewed By Neil C - Stockport, United Kingdom

Really interesting tour of a small traditional distillery producing 3 distinct whiskies distilled twice, two and a half and three times. There is another distillery claiming to be the only one that triple distills but all of the Hazelburn is also made this way.
Excellent tour and very informative

2. Campbeltown VisitScotland iCentre

Mackinnon House Old Quay | The Pier, Campbeltown PA28 6EF, Scotland +44 1586 552056
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4.5 based on 68 reviews

Campbeltown VisitScotland iCentre

Reviewed By Stemurphy - Grantham, United Kingdom

Bit pricey on the souvenirs but a good place to go to get the best out of a visit to the area. Specially as data signals and WiFi are a bit scarce.

3. Glen Scotia Distillery

12 High Street, Campbeltown PA28 6DS, Scotland +44 1586 552288
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5 based on 25 reviews

Glen Scotia Distillery

Reviewed By leviathansolutions - Calgary, Canada

On a tour of a dozen Distilleries this stands out as the most in depth discussion of the process and engineering behind the magic.
Glen Scotia is the Porsche of scotches in this regard. Applied technology to create a great experience.
Our warehouse tasting let us try 4 casks, all with very different flavours. Our guides were true experts.
While it's a smaller craft distillery, it's one to see and was our best experience in town.

4. Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse

Campbeltown PA28 6RU, Scotland
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse

Reviewed By Ian L

What a great journey to get here. The last ten miles are single track with multiple passing points. For self drive holidays I suggest twenty miles an hour max on this section and be prepared to reverse to the nearest passing point. Taken carefully this journey is not terrifying as some have written and the views at the far end, above the lighthouse, are stupendous. We were there on a bright sunny day and could see the coast of Ireland some eleven miles away. This trip is a must for those who have made the effort to travel so far west.

5. Davaar Island Cave Painting of the Crucifixion

Davaar Island, Campbeltown PA28 6RE, Scotland
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

Davaar Island Cave Painting of the Crucifixion

Reviewed By John K - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

We walked across to Davaar Island from the small parking area just south of Campbeltown. It's only accessible at low tide, so make sure you check tide times, and was quite hard work across the pebbly beach). We then worked our way round the coast to the cave with the painting of the crucifixion. It was a tough scramble across the rocks, but the stunning views back to the Kintyre coastline and out to sea made it worthwhile.
The painting of Christ is beautiful and is all the more intriguing as, knowing it isn't that old (1800s), you wonder why and how it was painted there.
Well worth the walk.

6. Mull of Kintyre Seatours

Main Street, Campbeltown, Scotland
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5 based on 26 reviews

Mull of Kintyre Seatours

Reviewed By Carolyn W - Doon Sooth, Norwich

We went on the Ailsa Craig trip. It was amazing.We were very lucky with the weather which was a bonus. The boat ride itself was fun enough... Being out there with all that sea-life was superb. We saw many species of sea birds, especially the beautiful gannets. Also seals, porpoises and two minkies. Michael took very good care of us and kept us well informed. It was an excellent trip; highly recommended.

7. Dunaverty Golf Club

Southend, Campbeltown PA28 6RW, Scotland +44 1586 830677
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Dunaverty Golf Club

Reviewed By tgates5 - San Antonio, Texas

It would be hard to overstate the incredible sensation one gets the moment you begin to walk upon the course. From tee to green, there is the constant sensation of walking on the most plush carpet imaginable. The greens are immaculate and they put true. Will is the new steward, chef and barkeep who valiently works to make the member and guest comfortable and happy. If we lived here, we would belong to this fine club. Modest facilities to not distract one iota from your playing experience. A true golfing gem.

8. West Coast Motors

Campbeltown, Scotland
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

West Coast Motors

Reviewed By Crystalline4u - Traralgon, Australia

I caught the 10:10 service from Lochgilphead on the 4th August to Glasgow city bus terminal. The driver was friendly and put my case under the bus.
This trip ran exactly to timetable and the views from the window were gorgeous. What amazed me on arrival at Glasgow is that the service stopped at the airport before heading into the city. How good is that kind of service??! For the locals to have an option of catching the bus straight to the airport. I would certainly use this service again were I to be in the area... and further more happily recommend it to anyone considering using the service.

9. An Ceardach Garden

Peninver, Campbeltown PA28 6QP, Scotland +44 1586 551762
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An Ceardach Garden

Reviewed By coraheywood - Birmingham, United Kingdom

I have visited Kintyre for over 40 years but have never visited this garden before as I didn't know it was open to the public. The couple who live here have created a spectacular garden hewn from 5 acres of Scottish hillside over 25 years of incredible hard work. The views over the Kilbrannan Sound are truely jaw-dropping. We were welcomed warmly, all for a charity donation. With sheep, chickens and fairy doors to explore my daughter was welcomed too. Well worth a visit if you are travelling along the Campbeltown road. Open from 11-4 most days.

10. Campbeltown Picture House

26 Hall Street, Campbeltown PA28 6BU, Scotland +44 1586 553899
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Campbeltown Picture House

Reviewed By MyFavouriteThings - Durham, United Kingdom

This is exactly how restoration projects should be done! Sympathetically restored to its Art Deco/ Nouveau? beauty but with all the latest technology, facilities and comfort.
Come from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth or London and you won’t find a more charming little Cinema that reflects the Edwardian period - it’s romantic and charming but gives you a great modern cinema experience at the same time.
Popcorn (warm and sweet) was great, friendly service........ Well done!!

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