Carradale: Kintyre - something for everyone

Walks. In Kintyre we have a wonderful selection of walks from gentle forest tracks to the best selections of the Kintyre Way,or just along the delicious Carradale Bay - all accessible from your front door. Plenty of maps and brochures to guide you safely and we know them all so can point you in the right direction

The harbour The local harbour is a great place to sit and potter; get the papers, have a wee fish, watch the seagulls, and if you're lucky pick up some prawns at the end of the day when the boats come in.

Beaches. Linger on one of Kintyre's magnificent sandy beaches. As well as our own Carradale Bay, Saddell - just down the road - is one of the most delightful beaches you could imagine. And on the west side of the peninsula Westport to Machrihanish gives you miles of sand dunes and huge Atlantic rollers.

Carradale bay

Islands. There are soome wonderful sea trips to do - either care of a Calmac ferry, or on a RIB from Campbeltown or Crinan. Islay, Arran, Gigha and Colonsay are all perfect for a day trip - rustle up a gang and keep the costs down.

Eating out. For a wee village we are tremendously lucky with a nice variety of eating places, from tea-room to bar meals to the posh hotel dining rooms. All offer excellent local produce, especially sea-food, and you will be given a cheery welcome wherever you go. Or go further afield. The Seafood Cabin at Skipness is outstanding and where better to eat prawns and scoff a glass of wine as you gaze at Arran. The tearoom at Southend has it's own unique charm where you will be well fed and looked after. and the new 'pub' at machrihanish brings a bit of sophistication into our homely rural culture - great bar meals in a lovely setting.

Birds. We have a terrific selection of birds round here , from the humble chaffinch, to sea birds to mountain raptors. Our golden eagle lives up Rhonadale Glen, while down at Machrihanish there is a marvellous little observatory and if you're lucky Eddy - a fount of all knowledge - will be there give a bit of help.

Golf. Within easy reach of four magnificent courses. Carradale's splendid little 9-hole course, the challenging Machrihanish Championship Course,the amazing new Machrihanish Dunes Course, and Dunaverty - a super 18-hole course on the tip of Kintyre.

And if you just want to stay put, you can always do a bit of shopping; we have the Carradale Gold Foundry , a smashing little manufacturing jewellers with a shop as well. Loads of jewellery at all prices, and lots more besides. The Torrisdale Tannery , where Mary does all her own tanning,is well worth a visit. Or if you're feeling mean just buy an ice-cream in the Semples post Office, or some home baked rolls in our super baker's. There is gentle pony-trekking for the wee ones, sand castles to be made, dances to dance, even a super play ground and BMX track. You won't be disappointed.

bird golf

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