Boats and whisky form an important part of the history of Campbeltown. At one time there was a thriving herring industry here and it was home to more than 30 distilleries, making it the true whisky town. It was formerly called Kinlochkilkerran and it did not receive the name of Campbeltown until the latter part of the 17th
century to cement its attachment to the Earl of Argyll Campbell is the family name of the Argylls. The town itself was founded during the reign of King James VI in an attempt to civilize the remote areas of the country.
Visit the museum in the town to see many prehistoric artefacts that show that this area has been settled down through the centuries. The name of the Loch Loch Kerran is dedicated to Saint Kerran who actually visited this area long before Saint Columba. With its mild climate, Campbeltown is a favourite haunt for those who want to enjoy fishing, golfing and sailing all year long.
There are many churches in Campbeltown that date back hundreds of years. Some of them have been transformed from their former use, such as the location of the Campbeltown Heritage Centre. This building used to be a church as is easy to see with the bell tower and pinnacles. It is nicknamed the Tartan Kirk by the townsfolk. This facility is open to visitors every day during the summer months and features really interesting exhibits about the whisky, fishing and shipbuilding heritage of the town.
Visit the nearby cave where Saint Kerran reportedly lived when he came to this part of the country. It's only accessible at low tide as is another location Davaar Island, where Archibald MacKinnon painted a picture of the Crucifixion on the wall. The "Wee Picture House" in Campbeltown is the oldest surviving allpurpose cinema house in Scotland. It was known for its tiny pictures, which is how it received its name.
There is a sailing club in Campbeltown and it is possible to see as many as 40 yachts in the harbour at the same time. There are races for you to take part in during the summer and if you enjoy hill walking, you might want to walk up to the Standing Stone. This monolith is remarkable in its shape and size, but the walk will give you an outstanding view of the town. This stone has been mentioned in many books written about ancient astronomy and once you see it, there is no doubt that prehistoric sky watchers would have gleaned valuable information from the shadows cast by the sun and the moon.
The Mull of Kintyre Music Festival is an annual event held in August and attracts many visitors to Campbeltown to hear traditional Scottish and Irish music. There are many hotels, motels, guesthouses and cottages for you to rent whether you want to stay a night or a week. One thing is for certain and that is your fist visit here won't be your last.
Light Traveler by Matthew Hart