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Kintyre ( , ) is a peninsula in western Scotlandmarker, in the south-west of Argyll and Bute. The region stretches approximately 30 miles (48 km), from the Mull of Kintyremarker (immortalised in the song of the same name by Paul McCartney) in the south, to East Loch Tarbertmarker in the north. The region immediately north of Kintyre is known as Knapdale.

Kintyre is long and narrow, at no point more than 11 miles (18 km) from west coast to east coast. The east side of the Kintyre Peninsula is bounded by Kilbrannan Soundmarker, with a number of coastal peaks such as Torr Mormarker. The central spine of the peninsula is mostly hilly moorland. The coastal areas and hinterland, however, are rich and fertile. As such, Kintyre has long been a prized area for settlers, including the early Scots who migrated from Ulster to western Scotland and the Vikings or Norsemen who conquered and settled the area just before the start of the second millennium.

The principal town of the area is Campbeltownmarker (about 5½ miles by road from the Mull), which has been a royal burgh since the mid-18th century. The area's economy has long relied on fishing and farming, although Campbeltown has a reputation as a producer of some of the world's finest single malt whisky. Campbeltown Single Malts include the multi-award winning 'Springbankmarker'.

Kintyre Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary, one of the officers of arms at the Court of the Lord Lyon, is named after this peninsula.

Towns and villages in Kintyre

Skipness Castle
Bellochantuymarker, Campbeltownmarker, Carradalemarker, Clachan, Claonaigmarker, Drumlemblemarker, Glenbarrmarker, Grogportmarker, Kilchenzie, Machrihanishmarker, Muasdalemarker, Peninvermarker, Saddell, Skipnessmarker, Southendmarker, Stewartonmarker, Tayinloanmarker, Tarbertmarker, and Whitehousemarker.


Information on all forms of public transport is available from Traveline Scotland

Bus & coach services


Ferry services


No railways remain in use but there was a light railway from Campbeltown to Machrihanish from 1876 until 1931, initially built to transport coal. (see Campbeltown and Machrihanish Light Railway)

Places of historic interest

[[Image:Kilchenzie church.jpg|thumb|250px|right|Ruins of the old church at Kilchenzie with beehives below.]]
  • Clachan Church - carved medieval grave slabs
  • Kilchenzie church
  • Kilchousland Chapel, near Peninvermarker
  • Kilcomkill, Southendmarker - St Columba's Chapel, carved grave slabs, "St. Columba's footprints" nearby
  • Killean - St. John's Church - "most important medieval parish church in Kintyre" - carved grave slabs
  • 18th century Killean and Kilchenzie Church (united parish) at A'Chleit
  • Saddell Abbeymarker
  • Saddell Castlemarker
  • Skipness Castlemarker
  • Tarbert Castlemarker

Prehistoric sites

  • Avinagillan standing stone
  • Ballochroy standing stones
  • Beacharr standing stone, near Tayinloan
  • Corriechrevie cairn - intact
  • Dun Skeigmarker - Iron Age forts near Clachan
  • Kildonan galleried dun
  • A crag near the chapel of Keil and St. Columba's Well, between Dunaverty Bay and Carskey in Kintyre, has two footprints carved at a place where St. Columba is reputed to have first set foot in Dál Riata, Scotland. One is recent and the other genuinely old. Kingship rituals may have been connected with this petrosomatoglyph.

Associated Peerage Titles


The Mull of Kintyre test is an unofficial guideline of the British Board of Film Classification for the censorship of adult films and images.

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