the kintyre peninsula

the kintyre peninsula in argyll scotland is just waiting for you to come and explore it

The Kintyre Peninsula is the perfect base for a West Scotland holiday

Ronachan House is nestled on the west coast of the Kintyre Peninsula, a relatively unexplored area of west Scotland which is the perfect place to base your Scottish holiday. The Kintyre Peninsula has everything you would expect from a Scottish holiday on the west coast, from whisky and gin distilleries, to sandy beaches, to walking trails and golf courses. Plus Ronachan Bay itself is a particularly special location on the Kintyre Peninsula thanks to its own unique climbing track, wildlife families and dark skies which twinkle over the sea on a clear night. For the perfect holiday in West Scotland, let the Kintyre Peninsula welcome you with it’s array of exciting things to discover.

a snapshot of things to do on the kintyre peninsula

walking kintyre

There is no more perfect place in Scotland to visit for taking in the wonderful world around us than Kintyre which has its very own dedicated world renowned walking trail called the Kintyre Way. Split into 7 separate sections so you can do as little or as much as you like, The Kintyre Way even cuts directly through the grounds of Ronachan House so it really is right on our doorstep.

The Kintyre Way

A little beyond Kintyre are several other walking trails we would recommend you consider while exploring the islands around us from the ferry ports that are a short stone’s throw from Ronachan’s front door.

Walk Gigha

Paps of Jura

Islay Outdoors

And, slightly further north than Ronachan, still in Argyll and a beautiful country drive from Ronachan House are a couple more walking trails where Ronachan can be the perfect local base from which to explore them.

Crinan Wood

Taynish Foraging

Cycling Kintyre

A new and spectacular cycling route has emerged across the Kintyre Peninsula with cyclists the world over coming to challenge themselves to complete this wonderful route which is perfect for shorter bike holidays or as a lovely add-on to the cycling of west coast Scotland.

The Kintyre 66

Caledonia Way

East Kintyre Loops

Beyond Kintyre and into the islands you can access via the ferry ports just a stone’s throw from Ronachan House’s front door, there are other cycle routes to enjoy not least the community owned Isle of Gigha which is the perfect size for cycling.

Gigha Cycling

Crinan Canal

If mountain biking is more your thing then the Kintyre Peninsula’s natural landscape is perfect for you

Beinn Ghuilean

Not bringing your bike with you? No problem, kintyre has it all:

E-bike Hire

 

kintyre wildlife

For an unparalleled seabird and wildlife obervatory on Kintyre you must visit the dedicated location in Macrihanish

Macrihanish Bird and Wildlife Observatory

The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s second largest reserve is on the Kintyre Peninsula

Largiebaan Wildlife Reserve

An Ceardach Gardens

Seal spotting: Ronachan Bay is home to a pod of seal which you can see from the beach

Time to saddle up and explore the Kintyre Peninsula on horseback or even try horseback archery!

Wilder Ways

Crosshil Pony Trekking

 

Beyond Kintyre and into the islands beyond which you can visit via one of the ferry ports just a stone’s throw from Ronachan House’s door are more wildlife sanctuaries waiting to be explored.

Achamore Gardens, Gigha

 

kintyre festivals

Mokfest – the annual kintyre music festival

There is also an annual songwriters festival on kintyre – Kintyre Songwriters Festival

And another music festival each year at Carradale – Carradale Music Festival

There are multiple festivals on in Tarbert throughout the year. Only 15 minutes drive from Ronachan House and the main town that you travel to on the Kintyre Peninsula when heading to Ronachan House

Tarbert Sailing Festival

Tarbert Seafood Festival

Tarbert Music Festival

Tarbert Winter Festival

And beyond the Kintyre Peninsula onto the beautisul sialdns beyond, all of which you can easily access from the ferry ports a stone’ throw from Ronachan House are even more festivals waiting to be enjoyed:

Feis Ile (The Islay Festival)

The Sound of Gigha

Jura Music Festival

Islay Jazz Festival

Islay Book Festival

The Islay Agricultural Show

The Kintyre Agricultural Show

kintyre distilleries

Did you know that the Kintyre Pensinsula was once the shining glory of the whiskey trade the world over? There may not be as many distilleries as there once was, however what remains is a special trip out. Plus the Kintyre Peninsula is now home to a growing modernised list of gin distillers too. Make a visit to some of the distilleries while holidaysing at Ronachan House, take a tour and taste the local produce.

Whisky

Witchburn Distillery

Glen Scotia

Springbank

Glengyle

New Whisky Distilleries coming soon

Macrihanish Distillery

Dal Riata Distillery

Gin

Beinn an Tuirc

On the islands, which you can easily ccess via the ferry ports a short drive from Ronachan House, you will find even more distilleries to make the most of your trips over the water on your island hopping adventures

Ardbeg, Islay

Ardnahoe, Islay

Bowmore, Islay

Bruichladdich, Islay

Bunnahabhain, Islay

Caol Ila, Islay

Kilchoman, Islay

Lagavulin, Islay

Laphroaig, Islay

Colonsay Gin

Lussa Gin, Jura

Jura Whisky

Islay Gin

Arran Whisky

Lagg Whisky

Arran Botanical Drinks

 

Kintyre castles & history

Tarbert Castle ruins

Glenbarr Abbey

Skipness Castle

MOK Lighthouse

Dunaverty Castle ruins

Saddell Castle

Saddell Abbey

St Columba’s Chapel

St Columba’s footprint

The Holy Well

Keil Caves

Standing Stones of Ballochroy

Kilberry Sculptured Stones

Campbeltown Picture House

Campbeltown Museum

Dun Skeig

Kilbrannan Chapel

 

Kintyre Water fun

Being a narrow peninsula with barely any land access at it’s Tarbert tip, it’s no surprise that the Kintyre Peninsula and its sprawling water on all sides is a haven for water sports and adventure.

Ronachan Bay can be your home for bringing your watersports equipment with you, but if you want to venture out beyond our sandy shores to other locations and beaches we wouldn’t blmae you. Here’s the pick of the crop:

MOK Sea Adventures for jaw dropping boat trips and water based sightseeing

Pete’s Surf School at West Port Beach for surfing lessons

Kintyre Seasports for sailing and powerboating

Scubadiving

Did you know you can take a trip across to Ireland from Kintyre via The Kintyre Express?

Kayaking and Paddleboarding with Kayak Majik

Visit one of Scotlan’d natural wonders, the Corryvreckan Whirlpools from Lochgilphead and Venture West Boat Trips

Try Wild Swimming in Ronachan Bay, or on the east side of the Kintyre Peninsula with views over to Arran, Carradale Bay and Saddell Bay are lovely for some swimming.

The Argyll Sea Kayaking Trail has 2 stretches near to Ronachan for you to try, Crinan – Adrishaig, and Ardrishaig – Tarbert

And, over on the islands, Islay Sea Adventures and Gigha Sea Tours also offer up lots of on the water fun to partake in

Golf on the kintyre peninsula

The Kintyre Peninsula is home to 5 unique golf clubs, each one offering a different size, different terrain and different complexity level for golfers of all experiences. From the famous Macrihanish Golf Club to the smaller Tarbert course, you will not be struggling for options if looking to hit some balls during your stay at Ronachan House. Click the links below to go and explore the golf courses on offer in the Kintyre Peninsula.

Macrihanish Golf Club

Macrihanish Dunes Golf Club

Dunaverty Golf Club

Tarbert Golf Club

Carradale Golf Club

How about visiting the typically scottish whisky and gin distilleries of the kintyre peninsula, the historical home of the sweet scottish tipple?

Or walking the renowned kintyre way, kintyre’s very own 7 part walking route which cuts directly through the grounds of ronachan house

how does the opportunity to glimpse the marvel of the aurora borealis sound? You won’t need to leave ronachan bay for the chance to see that

explore availability for your holiday at ronachan house on the kintyre peninsula

whisky tasting on the kintyre peninsula

Campbeltown, the Kintyre Peninsula’s largest town, was once the centre of whisky manufacturing in the world being home to no less than 34 whisky distilleries! Now only 3 remain, however what they have lost in volume they make up for in distinction.

Springbank Distillery proudly manufactures 3 malts following 5 generations of one family managing this historical production. Springbank welcome visitors onto several tours and tastings giving guests the chance to explore the history and diversity of their range.

You can find out more here.

Glengyle Distillery is another whisky producer on the Kintyre Peninsula with the most colourful of histories. Following closures and passing hands over the years the distillery was only recently reopened by the great-great-nephew of its original founder. The name of the malt manufactred at Glengyle is actually Kilkerran, a name derived from the settlement that used to exist where Campbeltown now lies.

You can find out more about visiting Glengyle here.

Cadenhead’s is Scotland’s oldest independent bottler and bottles not just whiskey but also rum and gin too. They run exciting tasting events from their location in Campbeltown and you can book to visit, alongside the other Kintyre Peninsula distilleries here.

whisky tasting on the kintyre peninsula

Campbeltown, the Kintyre Peninsula’s largest town, was once the centre of whisky manufacturing in the world being home to no less than 34 whisky distilleries! Now only 3 remain, however what they have lost in volume they make up for in distinction.

Springbank Distillery proudly manufactures 3 malts following 5 generations of one family managing this historical production. Springbank welcome visitors onto several tours and tastings giving guests the chance to explore the history and diversity of their range.

You can find out more here.

Glengyle Distillery is another whisky producer on the Kintyre Peninsula with the most colourful of histories. Following closures and passing hands over the years the distillery was only recently reopened by the great-great-nephew of its original founder. The name of the malt manufactred at Glengyle is actually Kilkerran, a name derived from the settlement that used to exist where Campbeltown now lies.

You can find out more about visiting Glengyle here.

Cadenhead’s is Scotland’s oldest independent bottler and bottles not just whiskey but also rum and gin too. They run exciting tasting events from their location in Campbeltown and you can book to visit, alongside the other Kintyre Peninsula distilleries here.

the kintyre way – a walking route on the peninsula

The Kintyre Peninsula feels a lot more like an island than the mainland of West Scotland and is host to all of the mysteries you may expect from a relatively unexplored land. The Kintyre Way connects them all and provides a scenic walking route which conveniently passes directly through the grounds of Ronachan House making Ronachan the ideal place to stay for exploring all the Kintyre Peninsula has to offer.

Launched in 2006 and extending from Tarbert at the peninsula’s north end to Southend in the south, the waymarked Kintyre Way crisscrosses the peninsula. Along 100 miles over 4–7 days, discover hidden coves, deserted beaches, forests, castles, fishing villages and an abundance of wildlife. The seven graded and waymarked sections offer various walking terrain, from serious hiking to gentle rambles.

You can read all about the seven sections of the Kintyre Way route and what to expect from each one in terms of terrain and difficulty at their comprehensive website here.

dark skies over the kintyre peninsula

The Kintyre Peninsula is a perfect place to take in the night skies of Scotland.

The west coast of this relatively untrodden area of west Scotland is shielded from the light pollution created in Glasgow and Ayrshire by the hills that run down the spine of the peninsula and further east by the isle of Arran.

Ronachan House sits directly on the west coast of the Kintyre Peninsula making it the ideal place for you to star gaze and hope to see the majesty of the starry skies on a clear night.

With its clear views over the Atlantic, the Kintyre Peninsula’s west coast has been designated a Milky Way area by the UK Dark Sky Discovery partnership. Milky Way class status means that the Milky Way is visible to the naked eye – something which is only possible in the darkness found in remote, rural areas such as Kintyre.

Autumn and winter are the so-called Aurora season when you may have the likeliest chance of seeing the northern lights on a clear night. The website Aurora Watch tracks the likeliehood of seeing the northern lights above Scotland so keep an eye on it if you’re visiting Ronachan House during the autumn winter months.

dark skies over the kintyre peninsula

The Kintyre Peninsula is a perfect place to take in the night skies of Scotland.

The west coast of this relatively untrodden area of west Scotland is shielded from the light pollution created in Glasgow and Ayrshire by the hills that run down the spine of the peninsula and further east by the isle of Arran.

Ronachan House sits directly on the west coast of the Kintyre Peninsula making it the ideal place for you to star gaze and hope to see the majesty of the starry skies on a clear night.

With its clear views over the Atlantic, the Kintyre Peninsula’s west coast has been designated a Milky Way area by the UK Dark Sky Discovery partnership. Milky Way class status means that the Milky Way is visible to the naked eye – something which is only possible in the darkness found in remote, rural areas such as Kintyre.

Autumn and winter are the so-called Aurora season when you may have the likeliest chance of seeing the northern lights on a clear night. The website Aurora Watch tracks the likeliehood of seeing the northern lights above Scotland so keep an eye on it if you’re visiting Ronachan House during the autumn winter months.

Modern Scottish

All the mod cons of a meticulous, contemporary restoration and fit out within the charm of a three-storey Scottish Victorian mansion

Gateway to the Islands

Ronachan offers the perfect base for exploring the Kintyre peninsula, with direct ferries to Islay, Jura, Gigha, Colonsay and Oronsay departing just a couple of miles up the road.

Views and Scenery

Spectacular unbroken sea views across to the islands of Islay, Jura, Gigha and Cara, with incredible sunsets beyond. Framed by painstakingly restored original windows that form part of the unique design of Ronachan House.

Style and Comfort

The perfect blend of cosiness and contentment, with a nod to the Scandi concept of Hygge, Ronachan envelops visitors in a big, heartwarming hug. Ronachan House provides a luxury and stunning backdrop to your holiday or event, respectful of traditional features while bringing in modern styling.

sandy Beach and Sea

Ronachan Bay is a near secluded beach directly accessed from the garden of the house. It offers white sands for you to stroll along, for the children to play on, and as a memorable backdrop to photographs of your event. Ronachan also has a resident colony of friendly seals who give the house its name.

An Accessible Getaway

Ronachan is beautifully positioned halfway between Tarbert and Campbeltown on the stunning Kintyre Peninsula on the Scottish west coast. It is a straight drive from Glasgow past some perfect stop spots such as Loch Lomond and Inverary.