How to get to Rothmar East:
From Glasgow take the A82, which at Tarbet becomes the A83, and follow signs for Campbeltown. From Glasgow the journey will take approximately 3 hours. Once in Campbeltown Main Street, follow signs for the B843 to Machrihanish. The journey from Glasgow to Machrihanish is extremely scenic, with highlights including the view from the top of The Rest & Be Thankful and the royal burgh of Inveraray, which is the home of the Duke of Argyll.
There are 2 flights per day from Glasgow International Airport to Campbeltown Airport. These run Monday to Friday. A new Sunday service began in the summer of 2013 and runs until the 30th of September. The first weekday flight leaves Glasgow at around 08.50 with an arrival time in Campbeltown of around 09.40. It then leaves Campbeltown around 10.00 and arrives back in Glasgow around 10.40. The later flight leaves Glasgow at around 16.35, arriving in Campbeltown around 17.10. It then departs at around 17.30, arriving in Glasgow at around 18.10. The new Sunday flight leaves Glasgow at 17.15, arriving in Campbeltown at 18.00. It then leaves Campbeltown at 18.25 touching down in Glasgow at 19.10. To book flights or view timetables please visit www.flybe.com.
Scottish Citylink run several bus services between Glasgow and Campbeltown, running seven days a week. This is a very relaxing way of getting to Kintyre and allows passengers time to soak up the spectacular scenery en route. To book tickets or view timetables please visit www.citylink.co.uk.
An alternative option for travelling to Kintyre is to use one of a few ferry services available. The first option is to catch the ferry from Gourock which goes to Dunoon. Leaving Dunoon on the B836 it will take approximately one hour to get to Portavadie, which is where the next ferry leaves from. This goes to Tarbert, from where it is around an hour's drive to Machrihanish.
Another route is to take the ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick on the Isle of Arran. A half hour drive through the hills of Arran leads to Lochranza, from where the ferry runs to Claonaig on the east coast of Kintyre. This service operates from March to October. From Claonaig, Machrihanish is around an hour's drive.
A new ferry service was introduced in 2013 from Ardrossan to Campbeltown. This operates during the summer months (approximately March to September). It runs three days a week and on a Saturday, when it also calls in to Brodick on Arran.
All the afore-mentioned ferries are run by either Calmac or Western Ferries. To view timetables and prices or make a booking please visit their websites at - www.calmac.co.uk & www.western-ferries.co.uk.
Lastly, a passenger ferry service from Campbeltown to Ballycastle in Ireland is run by Kintyre Express. This runs on week days and takes around 1 hour 30 minutes to make the crossing. Also available from Kintyre Express is a private charter service, tailored to individual requirements, which runs all year round. These services allow keen golfers to cross the North Channel to sample some of the superb courses on offer in Ireland. For details & bookings please visit www.kintyreexpress.com.