Campbeltown is a town near the Mull of Kintyre in Argyll, Scotland. Originally known as Kinlockkilkerran, which is an Anglicisation of the Gaelic name Ceann Loch Chille Chiarain, meaning “head of the loch by the kirk of Ciarán”. In 1667, it was renamed Campbell’s Town after the Earl of Argyle at the time, Archibald Campbell. Campbeltown later became an important base in the shipbuilding and Scotch whisky, and a busy fishing port.
Campbeltown boasts temperatures above the general UK average, as it is situated close to the Gulf Stream. This has led to many streets and gardens playing host to unprotected palm trees. With a populace of under 4,900, this town is lively yet not crowded.
St. Kieran (Ciarán of Clonmoacnoise) lived in the area before the town existed and there is a cave named in his honour which can be visited at low tide. Another cave on Davarr Island, can also be visited at low tide features a 19th century crucifixion painting. Rich in culture, Campbeltown boasts a vibrant music and media scene. Campbeltown hosts the annual Mull of Kintyre Music Festival, with acts ranging from up-and-coming local musicians, to well established acts such as Deacon Blue, The Stranglers and Idlewild; and the Kintyre Songwriters Festival, promoting the wealth and variety of original music in the area. The local radio station, Argyll FM, is based there.
Craigard House Hotel ***
A recently converted Victorian mansion with an interesting and varied history, offering a friendly and informal stay.
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