The weekend starts on Friday the 25th of November with the Winter Festival Parade at 7pm, leading up to the Christmas lights switch on outside the Town Hall. There will be various events on Saturday afternoon, including Scottish music from some excellent local performers. The festival culminates on Sunday the 27th with the Christmas Market from 11am - 4pm in the Malt Barns at Springbank Distillery. There will over 60 stalls with crafts, gifts and more. Hot food will be served all day.
(25th - 27th Nov 2017)
Campbeltown Winter Festival
Campbeltown Malts Festival (24th - 26th May 2017)
The Campbeltown Malts Festival is a three-day celebration of Campbeltown's whiskies - Springbank, Glengyle and Glen Scotia. Campbeltown was the Victorian whisky capital of the world, and this festival of malts celebrates the work of some of the Campbeltown distilleries.
Enjoy tours of the stills and tasting masterclasses, as well as an open golf tournament, live music, special bottlings and much much more in various venues around Campbeltown.
For more info please visit: www.springbankwhisky.com
Whisky Macs Bar & Grill
Whisky Macs is the perfect place for lunch, an afternoon chat, the end of work drink or a great night out. Offering a wide choice of premium drinks, spirits and a large wine list. Food is served from 11am to 9pm.
Address: Whisky Macs, 4 Shore Street, Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland. Tel: 01586 552411
Campbeltown Heritage Centre
Located since 1995 in the disused Lorne Street Church, Campbeltown Heritage Centre provides visual and historical insight into the life and times of Campbeltown and its inhabitants. Information and exhibits cover many aspects of the history and development of South Kintyre, including the Campbeltown-Machrihanish light railway, the local whisky industry, fishing and agriculture. The building itself, sometimes referred to locally as The Tartan Kirk, is easily identified by its distinctive stonework, with contrasting colored bands and pinnacles.
MOK Music Festival (16th - 20th August 2017)
The Mull of Kintyre, a region brought to prominence in song by Sir Paul McCartney, has held this annual music festival, which has grown each year since it’s inception in 1993. Set in the community of Campbeltown, the festival has become the region’s top cultural event, which encourages people to visit Kintyre from all parts of the globe. Satisfying an ambition of the Festival to showcase the very best in traditional and contemporary music worldwide whilst also displaying the region’s cultural individuality through the talents of the local musicians of all ages. It is usually held on the last weekend of August.
The headline act for 2016 was The Time Frequency, legendary rave act from the nineties.
Kintyre Songwriters Festival (28th - 30th May 2017)
The Kintyre Songwriters Festival is a music festival which aims to showcase and promote the song writing and musical talent in Kintyre. It also aims to encourage a new generation of local songwriters and musicians, by means of donations to local musical groups/organisations and the presentation of an annual memorial quaiche at Campbeltown Grammar School for original folk song.
MOK Run (28th May 2017)
MOKRUN was established 2006 in Campbeltown, located close to the beautiful Mull of Kintyre. It has been voted by Runners World as the UK’s top race for the last 4 years and sells out very quickly.
The race has grown in popularity due to its picturesque location, fantastic atmosphere as well as the post-race celebrations of Danish pastries and ceilidh dancing! It was also voted the most scenic race in the whole of the UK last year.
Mach 1 Stages Rally (15th - 16th July 2017)
Following the success of this year’s inaugural Mach 1 Stages Rally at Machrihanish Airbase, the event’s organisers, Dunfermline Car Club (DCC) have confirmed the date for next year’s event - Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th July 2015. They have also announced brand new and exciting plans to ensure the 2015 Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship series is even bigger and better. There is a brand new format in the pipeline, and plans to open up new areas of the airbase are already under way, with organisers confident the revamped 2015 event will attract record numbers of competitors and spectators.
The Picture House
26 Hall Street, Campbeltown
The Picture House in Campbeltown is currently being refurbished and is due to reopen later in 2016. In the meantime a selection of current new releases are being shown in the Victoria Hall on Kinloch Road. Please contact them on 01586 551212 for further information.
Situated on Kinloch Green in Campbeltown and offering spectacular views of Campbeltown Bay, this state of the art, multi-functional leisure complex - Aqualibrium - opened its doors to the public in 2006. Home to a 25 metre, six lane swimming pool, the £7.5million building also houses a fitness suite; a relaxation suite and café/restaurant area. The inclusion of a library and conference facilities make the venue a thriving community hub for leisure, business and life-long learning activities.
Address: Aqualibrium, Kinloch Road, Campbeltown, PA29 6EG. Tel. 01586 551212.
Opening hours for the swimming pool & gym: Mon to Fri: 0700 - 2100. Sat: 1000 - 1700. Sun: 1000 - 1500.
Hairdressers & Barbers
Below are listed the several hairdressers in the local area:
Hair by Iona - 74 Longrow, Campbeltown, PA28 6DD. Tel. 01586 554131
Streaks Ahead - 1 Glebe Street, Campbeltown, PA28 6JJ. Tel. 01586 552089
Numero Dix - 10-12 Union Street, Campbeltown, PA28 6HX. Tel. 01586 553346
Snips - 34 Longrow, Campbeltown, PA29 6DD. Tel. 01586 553083
Bliss - 4 Burnside Street, Campbeltown, PA29 6JE. Tel. 01586 554142
The Headquarters - 12 Hall Street, Campbeltown, PA28 6BU. 01586 554472
There are several equestrian centres located in Kintyre offering trail riding over open moorland, through mature forests and along deserted beaches:
Mull of Kintyre Equestrian Centre - Homeston Farm, Campbeltown, PA28 6RL. Tel. 01586 552437
Barrglen Equitation Centre - Arnicle Farm, Glenbarr, PA29 6UZ. Tel. 01583 421397
Crosshill Training & Trekking Centre - High Peninver Farm, Campbeltown, PA29 6QP. Tel. 01586 551791
The glorious Mid-Argyll, Kintyre & Islay coastline is varied and extremely attractive to the sea angler with shingle and sandy beaches and rocky outcrops offering easy access. The coastline is indented with sheltered sealochs and bays, where pier fishing is always popular, such as Inveraray on Loch Fyne, as it is on the islands. Boats can be chartered in Campbeltown for offshore fishing. Inland, Lochs Awe in the north and Lussa near Campbeltown are perhaps the best known in the area for trout and salmon, and a range of course fish. There are also many fine rivers, including the Laggan on Islay and the Add near Lochgilphead, excellent for sea trout and salmon.
The sheltered harbour is a local centre for sailing, and boasts 3m low water depth pontoon berths.
Campbeltown Sailing Club is based on the Askomil side of Campbeltown Loch and was founded in 1958. It has an active membership owning a total of 23 yachts. The clubhouse has a bar (where club social events are held), showers and locked compound for storage of tenders and dinghys. There is an active dinghy section and keelboat races take place on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays. There is an annual expedition to Cushendall as well as a return visit by the Cushendall sailors.
Campbeltown Museum offers a unique insight into Campbeltown’s ancient and more modern past. With a fascinating and nationally important Archaeological Collection, the museum describes the creation of the natural landscape of Kintyre and how its first peoples came to Kintyre to farm the area’s fertile lands. Neolithic stone axe heads and cooking pots, sit alongside Bronze Age jet necklaces and swords. A gold Viking arm ring highlights Argyll’s seafaring past and its international connections.
The museum is open during normal office hours of 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Mon to Fri. During the Summer it is also open some weekends between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm. However as weekend opening is staffed by volunteers, you are advised to call ahead before visiting to avoid disappointment.
Linda McCartney Memorial Garden
Located next to J.J. Burnet's Campbeltown Museum, the Linda McCartney Memorial Garden was created by friends of the American photographer and musician Linda McCartney, wife of musician Sir Paul McCartney. The couple had shared a home at nearby High Park farm and Linda's ashes were scattered in Kintyre. A charitable trust was formed which raised funds in the local community and the garden was created within a sheltered space designed as part of Burnet's 19th Century Scots Renaissance building. The garden provides a quiet haven for rest and contemplation, with its centrepiece, a life-size bronze statue of Linda donated by Sir Paul and sculpted by Jane Robbins.
There are several taxi, mini-bus & coach companies in Kintyre which are listed below:
Tavvie's Taxis - Tel. 01586 551122 Fona Taxi (mini-bus) - Tel. 01586 552891
Roy's Taxis - Tel. 01586 554625 Kintyre Connect (mini-bus) - Tel. 01586 554625
Mac's Taxis - Tel. 01586 552891 West Coast Motors (8 to 50+ seats) - Tel. 01586 552319
Fona Taxi - Tel. 01586 554001
There are several banks in the area which are listed below:
Bank of Scotland - 9 Longrow South, Campbeltown, PA28 6AH. Tel. 01586 862001
Royal Bank of Scotland - 11 Castlehill, Campbeltown, PA28 6AP. Tel. 01586 553617
Clydesdale Bank - 19 Longrow, Campbeltown, PA28 6ER. Tel. 0844 7362616
Lloyds TSB Scotland - Bolgam Street, Campbeltown, PA28 6HZ. Tel. 0845 3000000
There are two main supermarkets in nearby Campbeltown. Please find the details for these below:
Tesco Metro Campbeltown - 1 Lochend Street, Campbeltown, PA28 6DL. Tel. 0845 6779130.
Opening hours for this store are Monday to Saturday 0700 - 2200 and Sunday 1000 - 1800.
Co-operative Food Campbeltown - Rieclachan, Longrow, Campbeltown, PA29 6EX. Tel. 01586 554471.
Opening hours for this store are Monday to Saturday 0700 - 2200 and Sunday 0900 - 1900.
Logs & Coal
The County Garage & Fuels - Millknowe, Campbeltown, PA28 6HA. Tel. 01586 552235.
Coal, logs, peat & kindlers available here.
D McNair & Sons Shipping Ltd - Kinloch Road, Campbeltown, PA28 6EG. Tel. 01586 552020.
Coal in many different grades available here.
Hospital & Doctors
There is a doctor available every day, 24 hours a day at Campbeltown Medical Practice. Should you require urgent medical attention please attend the Acute Unit of Campbeltown Hospital or telephone NHS 24 on 08454 242424.
The practice address: The Health Centre, Stewart Road, Campbeltown, PA28 6AT.
Reception telephone number is 01586 552210.
To contact Campbeltown Hospital please telephone 01586 552224
If a dentist is required during your stay the newly built Campbeltown Dental Centre is available.
This was developed to improve access to NHS dental treatment for the residents of Kintyre and provide improved training facilities for dental students. The telephone number is 01586 555353.
There are two branches of Boots Pharmacy in Campbeltown, please find contact details below:
Boots Pharmacy - 11 Longrow South, Campbeltown, PA28 6AH - 01586 552023.
Opening hours: Mon- Fri: 0900 - 1730. Sat: 0900 - 1700. Sun: Closed.
Boots Pharmacy - 19 Main Street, Campbeltown, PA28 6AD - 01586 553208.
Opening hours: Mon- Fri: 0900 - 1730. Sat: 0900 - 1700. Sun: Closed.