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Campbeltown, Kintyre

A hundred years ago, Campbeltown was full of whisky distilleries, the harbour was full of fishing boats and Gaelic could be heard spoken in the town. Visit the Heritage Centre and Campbeltown Museum for more information. Today there are three distilleries and a handful of boats left.

The Gaelic language survives in local names, like MacAllister and MacMillan. Place names are mostly Gaelic; Beinn Ghuilean overlooking Campbeltown means 'Hill of Shoulders’.

Beinn Ghuilean offers forest walks, mountain bike trails and a chance to see rare birds such as black grouse and hen harrier. On the north facing slope there is a dark hole in the ground called ‘The Pipers Cave’. Long ago a piper, playing till his music faded away, was said to have been captured by fairies and never seen again. His dog appeared days later from a cave at Southend.