Eat, Explore and Experience
Only the best make the list.
We’ve put a small selection of ideas together on this page so that you can have a flavour of what Carradale and the surroundings can offer you as a peaceful destination.
Davaar Island is situated at the mouth of Campbeltown Loch and can be reached by the causeway called the Dhorlin at low tide. This is one of only 17 islands that can be reached by walking from mainland Scotland. With an operating lighthouse and inhabited by goats, sheep and mink, the island also has a hidden treasure. Inside one of the caves is a painting of the Crucifixion by local artist Archibald MacKinnon in 1887. Take a trip there yourself to investigate!
Get the tide times from us here for an excellent day out.
Aqualibrium is situated on Kinloch Green in Campbeltown and offers spectacular views of Campbeltown Bay. They have a 25m x 13m, six lane swimming pool that offers lots of activities and is available for private hire. A fitness suite, including gym and weights, and relaxation suite (steam room and sauna) is also available. Look out for Family Fun time and take the whole family!
Surf’s up at Westport Beach
Wildly popular with surfers and with a nearby surfing school to boot, Westport Beach is scenic, wild and beautiful. Spend the day, take a walk, enjoy a picnic or do it all. There’s free parking too!
Golf in Machrihanish
The Machrihanish Golf Club was established 1876. The Championship Course is well known throughout the world as a 1st class natural links course. There is also the Pans Course (9 hole), 2 practise areas, a fully stocked Professional Shop and the Clubhouse available for bar and catering
Carradale is an excellent base of operations. Remote enough to give you that feeling of seclusion and with enough amenities to make you feel at home. Nearby are three popular walks with the fourth part of The Kintyre Way:
For more well documented Kintyre walks within convenient reach of Carradale, including GPX files, give Walk Highlands a visit.
The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there – Gandalf
Carradale Bay offers splendid views of the Kilbrannan Sound. Secluded, pretty and yet expansive, the beach is sheltered from westerly winds and sandy. It’s never busy and ideal for relaxing or having fun for the day. There’s a vitrified Roman Fort ruin nearby for you to examine!
Access to this beach from Carradale village is by following the signposts to Port Righ.
Golf in Carradale
Founded in 1906 Carradale Golf Club can become the nexus for your golfing holiday being close to courses at Machrihanish, Dunaverty and Tarbert. With nine holes, excellent reviews and panoramic views across the Kilbrannan Sound the course is very popular with locals and visitors alike. Families are most welcome.
Carradale is surrounded by trails for families of all ages with many of them maintained by the Forestry Commission. Lose yourself in the moment with views of wild flowers, red deer, achingly tall trees and eagles soaring above you as you explore the trail.
The Kintyre Way
Situated at the end of section 4 of the Kintyre Way, Carradale can be used as your central point as a comfortable base to operate from on the Kintyre peninsula. Section 5, which takes you from Carradale to Campbeltown is 22 miles long and offers you a superb snapshot of what the Kintyre Way offers. You can even get the bus or a taxi back!
You can start this walk from the front door of Cuilidh Holiday Home rather than the Port Na Storm car park (which is yards away). Full directions to start are in the Guest Brochure and the link provides more information. This is a circular walk that gets the juices flowing with excellent views of Carradale and the Kilbrannan Sound. It does have a route profile that can require some exertion with some easily manageable ascent and descent required. There’s an opportunity to have a cuppa and some snacks at the Carradale Network Center too. Ideal to get you started if you’re looking for a quick three hour walk!
Carradale Network Center
Carradale Network Center is a small hub of walks only 15 minutes walk from the Cuilidh Holiday Home. It features tourist information, including local walks and a local history exhibit, as well as a tearoom offering light snacks. You can also hire bikes and buggies here.
If you’ve not done Geocaching before then why not start? Geocaching is the fun sport (or art!) of using a GPS to find a hidden treasure, log your visit and rack up as many finds as you can. It’s a great way to add excitement to walks.
Beginners and experts alike will enjoy the challenge of the caches around Carradale. The Carradale Network Center has information on local geocaches and we also supply a very handy link indeed to Geocaching.com showing you all geocaches within a 10 mile radius, you’ll need to sign in there. We bet you can’t find all of them!
You can start this walk from the front door of Cuilidh Holiday Home rather than the Port Na Storm car park (which is yards away). Full directions to start are in the Guest Brochure and the link provides more information. This is a larger circular walk than Deer Hill but with a gentler route profile in terms of ascent and descent. Offering excellent views of Carradale Water, the wider forests, Carradale, Isle of Arran, Kilbrannan Sound this walk is a few hours long. There’s an opportunity to have a cuppa and some snacks at the Carradale Network Center if you like. We also bagged two geocaches along the way, how many can you find?
A Breathtaking Bay
Even in November, due to the Gulf Stream, the weather can be very mild and this view could be mistaken for a summer picture. Carradale Bay is a deserted, beautiful sandy beach offering opportunities for walking, metal detecting, relaxing, sunbathing, beachcombing or simply enjoying the views.
A timeless, working harbour
Looking out towards the deep waters of the Kilbrannan Sound Carradale Harbour enjoys another day. Lobster pots, netting, floats and baskets rattle as the fishermen get ready to set to sea once again in this working harbour. You can visit anytime.
Stunning Forest Views
Carradale boasts several beaches as well as extraordinary forest and woodlands. Afforestation that has taken place over the years has created a stunning habitat for wildlife with many walks available for you to experience. Many also happen to be on the route of The Kintyre Way. It’s a magical experience you’ll never forget.
It’s a dangerous business, walking out one’s front door – Gandalf
Saddell Abbey was a Cistercian monastery in Argyll, Scotland, founded in 1207. It’s about a twenty minute drive from the Cuilidh Kintyre Holiday Home and offers a fascinating insight into the local history.
Kilkivan Chapel and Graveyard near Machrihanish
Some time around the year AD 600 a chapel was erected on the hillside at Kilkivan, west of Campbelltown. Kilkivan roughly translates as Kevin’s church. The present day ruinous building as recorded in documents from 1794 appears to date from the 13th century. The 14th and 15th century grave slabs are a must see. While you’re at it, visit the cross in Campbeltown that originated from this site.
Skipness Castle and Chapel
The main structure of the castle was built in the early 13th century by the Clan MacSween, with later fortifications and other additions made to the castle through the 13th, 14th and 16th centuries. The castle was garrisoned with royal troops in 1494, during King James IV of Scotland’s suppression of the Isles. The castle was abandoned in the 17th century shortly after The Wars of the Three Kingdoms. Watch out for the ghost of the Green Lady and you simply MUST have a snack in The Seafood Cabin nearby. Delicious!
Glen Scotia Distillery
Distilling in the Kintyre peninsula dates back to 1609 with the granting of the first licence to produce ‘aqua vitae’. Founded in 1832, in the Victorian age, Campbeltown was known as the whisky capital of the world – one of the five distinctive malt producing regions of Scotland. Glen Scotia is a fine example of this historic style and you can visit the distillery!
Go on, ask!
Carradales offers excellent dining in the beautifully decorated restaurant. Not only that but Steve and Maurice can provide you with Visit Scotland 5 star service in their luxurious guest house if you stay, lunch or dine in the evening. The food is simply exquisite and booking is absolutely essential.
Drumfearne Guest House & Tea Room
Drumfearne Guest House & Tea Room provides a selection of sweet and savoury cakes and pastries that change on a daily basis. Some of their sweet options include eclairs, jam doughnuts, chelsea buns, scones, cupcakes, carrot cake, apple crumble, shortbread, brownies, chocolate doughnuts, and cookies. Their savoury options include sausage rolls, mini pizza, a variety of pies, cornish pasties and rolls with a choice of filling on their own bread. They have a large menu of lunch options ranging from breakfasts, soups and burgers and also have a selection of sandwiches and toasties available – 11am to 4pm daily!
The Glen Bar & Restaurant
The Glen Bar & Restaurant is a family business serving locally sourced fresh food daily. With a varied menu of snacks, rolls and main courses you’ll find yourself visiting more than once!
Serving coffees and afternoon tea during the day with a more substantial menu available in the evening. You can reserve a table by giving them a call, emailing or messaging them on Facebook.
The Carradale Hotel offers dining in the large candlelit conservatory, cosy lounge bar, public bar and garden. With local seafood, sharing platters, seasonal game and home baking always on the menu, they aim to offer quality fresh food with an informal atmosphere and attentive service to back it up.