The Kintyre Peninsula is well known and loved in the whole world. Many places and sites here are worth a visit, such as the famous Mull of Kintyre, the southern most tip of Kintyre, made immortal by the song of the same name by Paul McCartney. On a clear day, you can even see the coast of Ireland in the distance! But there is more:
A trip to Kintyre would not be complete without a visit to the quaint town of Tarbert.
Further South you will find the town of Campbeltown, named after Clan Campbell.
One of the nicest trips we recommend to our guests is a trip to the town of Inverary. Not only is the town worth a visit, you can also see sites such as the old tower with a beautiful view over Loch Fyne and the old Inverary Jail. In this jail you can re-live the old days of a jail in the 19 th century with the county courthouse, the old prison (built in 1820) and the new prison (built in 1848). A court hearing from that time period is played for your entertainment. Exhibitions are held on a regular basis and you can find out a lot about the daily life and life in prison in the 19 th century.
Also well worth your troubles is Inverary Castle, home of the Duke of Argyll: the oldest branch of Clan Campbell. This mighty castle was built between 1745 and 1785 to replace an even older fortification. There are many items on display such as old weapon and armour collections, French tapestries, fantastic examples of old Scottish and European furniture and a completely renovated Victorian kitchen amongst other things.
The Isle of Bute: Bute is one of the most famous of islands of the Scottish Highlands and not without reason! It is a beautiful island where a great range of activities can be done. Seals and other marine wildlife frequent her wonderful shores.
Mount Stuart is also located on Bute. An immense estate and owned by the Marquise of Bute. A grand and beautiful building with Victorian-Gothic influences including an in-house chapel of white marble. The 300-acre gardens of Mount Stuart are also a sight to see.
The capital of Bute is Rothesay, a nice town with a wealth of living history. From the ruins of St Mary’s Chapel to the remote lands of the High Kirk of Rothesay: everything reflects a deep history.
The Craigieburn Guest House is located in Dunoon which is the largest town on the Cowal Peninsula . It is a beautiful town to visit and to do some shopping. The guest house is conveniently located at a stone's throw distance from the town centre (about 5 minutes walk) with all the amenities close by. Good restaurants, great pubs, nice shops and a wonderful promenade. A swimming pool and fitness school are also located close to the hotel. If all this indoor sporting isn't your cup of tea, you can always enjoy the nature just outside Dunoon! You don't have to be in the middle of nowhere to enjoy the scenery. Glen Massan, Puck's Glen, Bishop's Seat and many more great walks will await you.
It is in this very town that the annual Cowal Highland Gathering is being held in the last weekend of August. A feast and spectacle of two days where Pipeband Championships, Highland Games, a fair and a spectacular fireworks display are combined into one brilliant party. Do not miss it!
The Paddle Steamer ' Waverley', an old steam vessel which makes a cruise through the ‘Highlands and Islands’ of the Firth of Clyde (the sea arm near Glasgow) also leaves from Dunoon. It is the last sea worthy ‘Paddle Steamer’ in the world.
The Benmore Botanic Garden, near Dunoon, are absolutely worth a visit. Benmore, a specialist garden of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, is a brilliant woodland garden surrounded by the mountains of the Cowal Peninsula. Its 140 acres are well known for the wide collection of trees and shrubs, which includes over 250 species of rhododendrons. When entering the garden, you are immediately welcomed by a fantastic view over an avenue of Giant Redwood trees. There are waymarked walks throughout, which lead to a beautiful pond and formal garden which display a wide variety of plants, including Himalayan and Oriental. Continue up the richly planted hill slopes, which rise to 450 feet to a fabulous viewpoint overlooking the Eachaig valley and the Holy Loch. Refreshments are available and the Botanics Shop sells a range of books, gifts and plants some of which can be found in the garden. Also note that facilities are provided for those less able, including wheelchairs.
You can find Kilmartin Glen further to the North of Craigieburn guest house. A place of great historic and mystic value. If you enjoy archaeology and history you can find much here of interest. Old burial mounds, standing stones, stonehenges and a fantastic wildlife with wonderful flora and fauna of which some are only found in this very region. Kilmartin House is nearby as a centre of archaeology and landscape interpretation. It is a museum of ancient culture and artefacts. Reconstructions, interactive models and unique footage of prehistoric tools: It’s all there and shows us the connection between the historic landscape and her inhabitants. About 5000 years of human history is on display there.
But that is not the only place where you can undertake fantastic walks. The surroundings of the famous Loch Lomond are also nearby. A beautiful piece of nature and the fantastic Loch Lomond Golf course is there as well, after St. Andrews the most famous course of Scotland.