Fourteen days of adventures from West Loch Shores
Day 1 – Paddlesports
We have our own paddlesports centre based at West Loch Shores. Open between Easter and the end of the October school holidays, you can go out on one of our kayaks, canoes or stand up paddleboards. Choose to hire them by the hour or, if you’d like to learn one of these skills then book some tuition with our fully trained paddlesports instructor.
Day 2 – Take in a festival
There are events and festivals running across Kintyre throughout the year. In the summer you’ll find events and festivals happening most weekends. From road races and sports to food festivals and music you really don’t want to miss out. Find more information with Explore Kintyre http://www.explorekintyre.co.uk/events.php
Day 3 – Discover wildlife in the heart of Argyll
Take a trip into Mid Argyll and discover Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation. Discover more about the wild creatures who share the area with us – including beavers – or take part in one of their workshops or wildlife walks. Particularly recommended for younger wildlife detectives. Find out more at http://www.heartofargyllwildlife.org
Day 4 – Discover all or part of the Kintyre Way
The Kintyre Way is a long distance walking route stretching from Tarbert in the north to Southend. At 100 miles long this route snakes its way along the length of the Kintyre peninsula, joining up with important, or scenic spots long the way. You can join the walk at any point – look out for the blue Kintyre Way posts. And while it’s a great walk, it’s equally good for mountain bikers. If this whets your appetite then also look out for the Kintyre Way Ultra for runners and mountain bikers, which is held in May.
Day 5 – Crinan Canal
If you like to take your exercise in a more leisurely fashion then a walk along the Crinan Canal is a must-do. Dubbed Scotland’s most beautiful shortcut, the canal stretches between Ardrishaig and Crinan. Look out for beautiful wildflowers along the banks, as well as waving to the yachts as they meander their way between locks. Stop for a while and watch as some incredible engineering in action at each of the locks, before boats can continue their journey.
Day 6 – Distillery tours
West Loch Shores is right on the whisky coast. The island of Islay is famous across the world for its distilleries, and it’s day trip from West Loch Shores. Arran also has a distillery, and you’ll find Campbeltown’s distilleries also offering tours. And we’re also looking forward to a tasting room opening at the home of Kintyre Gin in summer 2018.
Day 7 – Golf
Keen golfers will never be tee’d off when they visit West Loch Shores! With a choice of nine and 18-hole golf courses all within a short drive you’ll not be stuck for a game! The championship courses at Machrihanish and Machrihanish Dunes are a must for serious golfers. However, there are also beautiful courses at Carradale and Tarbert – real hidden gems.
Day 8 – Island hopping
West Loch Shores is close to ferry terminals for Arran, Islay and Gigha, as well as the ferry to the Cowal peninsula serving Portavadie. Island hopping is a great way to spend a day. Spend your day your way! Enjoy tours and trips on Arran take a bus tour round Islay or chill out on the dazzling beaches of Gigha. Every island has something unique to offer.
Day 9 – Explore Tarbert
Tarbert is a great place to spend the day. Make time to climb to Bruce’s Castle – although now ruined it dominates the village skyline. From there walk round the harbour, where you’ll find fishing boats unloading their catch, pleasure boats heading for the marina and people walking, running or meeting up – typical village life! Head into one of the restaurants and cafes along the harbour and treat yourself to coffee and homemade cake to some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever taste. There’s a reason Tarbert’s shellfish is exported across the world!
Day 10 – Mountain bike
Get on your bike! Kintyre is a great place to cycle. The Kintyre Way is a good place for some long-distance cycling. But also look out for Forestry Commission routes which take you through some ancient woodlands – you’ll find them throughout Mid Argyll too. Or, if you prefer road cycling then you’ll love Route 78 the Caledonia Way which stretches from Campbeltown to Inverness – that’s 237 miles!
Day 11 – Hit the beach!
Whether you want to discover a secluded cove or miles of golden sand you’ll find it here! Surfer’s paradise Westport Beach is a 40 minute drive from West Loch Shores. Here you’ll find six miles of sand, plus sand dunes, which (we’re told) are great to slide down! Choose to paddle in the Atlantic, take a picnic, play football, cricket or any other beach game, or just walk along the sand by the side of the ocean and enjoy the sea air.
Day 12 – Geocache
We all love a good treasure hunt and with geocache spots dotted across Kintyre this is an activity the whole family can enjoy. Download a geocache app on your phone, choose your location and off you go!
Day 13 – Dunadd
Walk in the footsteps of kings and plan a trip to Dunadd Fort. Dunadd lies around 30 minutes north of West Loch Shores and was the place where kings of Dalriada were crowned. It’s a challenging climb to the top of the fort so wear sturdy footwear. However, you’ll be rewarded with outstanding views across Mid Argyll and beyond. Find the footprint carved in the rock and see if your foot fits – literally step in the footstep of a king!
Day 14 – Sign up for a race
If you’ve been inspired by any of the running races, from 5K to ultra marathon, triathlon or any of the other competitive events in Kintyre then sign up and start planning your return visit to West Loch Shores!