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Campbeltown, one of the largest towns in Argyll, sits at the head of a deep loch sheltered by Davaar Island and surrounded by hills. Often thought of as being the most remote of Scotland's mainland towns, it is the ideal base for exploring the many attractions of scenic southern Kintyre.

With stunning views over the famous Campbeltown Loch towards Davaar, Campbeltown is known for a number of local products including Springbank Whisky, Campbeltown Cheese and many locally produced crafts and goodies.

History

Campbeltown was originally known as Kinlochkilkerran, and was renamed in the 17th century after Archibald Campbell, the Earl of Argyle, who was granted the site in 1667. Campbeltown soon after became an important centre for shipbuilding and Scotch whisky, and also housed a busy fishing port.

One of five areas in Scotland categorised as a distinct malt whisky-producing region, Campbeltown is home to the famous Campbeltown single malts. At one point it boasted 34 distilleries and was the self-proclaimed 'whisky capital of the world'. These days only three distilleries remain in the town which are actively in use: Glen Scotia, Glengyle and Springbank. Springbank Distillery was founded in 1828 by the Mitchell family and is still family owned today. It retains the old distilling methods to make Longrow whisky, and welcomes visitors by prior arrangement.

Heritage

Campbeltown Museum has a varied collection of items from Campbeltown's past. Prehistoric items excavated from sites around Kintyre are on display, such as axe heads, jewellery and combs. The 19th-century building also houses a library and has plaques and exhibits related to famous Kintyre people, such as the artist William McTaggart and Sir William Mackinnon.

Close to the museum is the cinema known as the Wee Picture House, believed to be the oldest surviving purpose-built cinema in Scotland, built in 1913. Both the cinema and museum buildings are on the waterfront, as is a 14th-century Celtic cross that also served as a mercat cross.

Arts and culture

Campbeltown hosts the annual Mull Of Kintyre Music Festival every August, which features acts ranging from up-and-coming local bands to well-established groups such as Deacon Blue, The Stranglers and Idlewild.

Food and drink

As the main town in the Argyll area, Campbeltown has a bit of everything on offer to those with a varied palette. From fresh baked goodies from the Argyll Bakery to a taste of traditional Scotland in the Burnside Bar, there really is something for everyone.

Book a stay in one of our Cambeltown hotels and enjoy a hearty, warm welcome.

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