Enjoy a Vacation in Campbeltown
Campbeltown is one of the largest towns located in Argyll, Scotland. Campbeltown is situated beside a loch and is protected by hills surrounding it. Near the town, about ten miles away, lies Keil, which is where St Columba was said to have landed in AD563 on his way to Iona.
In the 1800s this town sustained itself mainly with fishing and shipbuilding, as well as having one of the first commercial distilling industries. Today the town’s economy is sustained mainly through a company called Vestas, a Danish wind-turbine company. Vestas employs the majority of the local people in Campbeltown, providing stable jobs for many of the people. Vestas aim is to produce large amount of energy using wind and to eventually become as well known as other energy sources like gas and oil.
With an airport situated just three miles outside of Campbeltown, it is easily accessible to visitors from abroad. Interestingly, the Machrihanish airfield also has one of the longest runways in the whole of Scotland. There are also taxis and cars that can be hired to take you around to visit many of the attractions found here.
A little way out of Campbeltown you can visit Machrihanish, which is a wonderful wildlife and bird observatory that provides visitors with the opportunity to view all types of sea life up close in the hides provided. Some of the bird life you may see includes the Grey Phalarope, the Sabine’s gull and the Leach’s Petrel.
If you would like to explore the area, start off by taking a trip out to Davaar Island, which is situated near Campbeltown. Arriving at Davaar Island takes a bit of patience as it is only accessible during low tide when a pathway made up of shingle leads you all the way out there. On Davaar Island you can view the famous cave painting of Christ being crucified, which was completed by a local artist secretly in the 19th century.
Another attraction that you must attend if you are around is the Mull of Kintyre Music Festival held each year in Campbeltown. You will be thoroughly entertained by two local bands, that being the Campbeltown Pipe Band and the Campbeltown Brass Band.