Down Home – Campbeltown

Although born and raised in Campbeltown (Gaelic: Ceann Loch Chille Chiarain) my connections to the town were pretty  much severed around 1980.  I’ve since visited twice – in June 2007, when I was in Scotland with a few free days, and in May this year with my family.  The photos are a mix of those taken in 2007 and 2012.

Campbeltown from Dalintober (2007)

Campbeltown from Dalintober (2007)

The Old Quay (2007)

The Old Quay (2007)

Market Cross (2007)

Market Cross (2007)


Our accommodation on my latest visit was Kintyre Cottages’ Ballimenach Farmhouse, which I recommend with its views over the Firth of Clyde to Arran, Ailsa Craig, Ayrshire and Davaar Island at the mouth of Campbeltown Loch.

Davaar Island from Ballimenach Farmhouse (2012)

Davaar Island from Ballimenach Farmhouse (2012)

Our first trip was to Southend and the Mull of Kintyre.  As a kid, the extended family often travelled to Southend on a Sunday for a walk at Dunaverty followed by high tea in the Keil Hotel (now closed).  Our visit this year mirrored that of my visit in 2007 – wet and windy.  At the top of Dunaverty Rock we had a magnificent and close view of gannets flying up the coast from Ailsa Craig, where they breed.

Author Angus MacVicar, who was popular for his science fiction when I was a boy and lived at Southend, is unknown to my (now adult) children – they can learn more by following the link.

Dunaverty (2007)

Dunaverty (2007)

Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse (2007)

Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse (2007)

Mull of Kintyre in the rain (2007)

Mull of Kintyre in the rain (2007)

My father died in Canada in 1987 and with his ashes only reaching me a year later the urgency to do something with them was gone – therefore they sat on my bookshelves for 24 years.  In part my purpose in choosing Campbeltown for a holiday was to scatter his ashes in Campbeltown Loch – in fact they were scattered on the Dhorlin, a shingle causeway giving access to Davaar Island at low tide.

As it was a rather nice day, we took a walk across the Dhorlin, visited the cave painting and walked round Davaar Island.

Neil, Vanessa, Lindsay, and Katharine McMillan and Rob Atkins on the Dhorlin with Campbeltown in the background (2012)

Neil, Vanessa, Lindsay, and Katharine McMillan and Rob Atkins on the Dhorlin with Campbeltown in the background (2012)

Cave Painting on Davaar Island (2012)

Cave Painting on Davaar Island (2012)

Lunch on Davaar Island (2012)

Lunch on Davaar Island (2012)

Beinn Ghuilean, which looms over Campbeltown to the south, was an area where I often roamed as a child.  So taking advantage of a fine day we had a walk from Ballimenach over Beinn Ghuilean, down Tomaig Glen into Campbeltown.  Following a visit to the Heritage Centre, which is in the former Lorne Street Church, and a walk round the town we returned to Ballimenach via Kilkerran.

Neil, Rob, Katharine, Vanessa and Lindsay with the Kilbrannan Sound in the background (2012)

Neil, Rob, Katharine, Vanessa and Lindsay with the Kilbrannan Sound in the background (2012)

Lunch out of the wind near the summit of Beinn Ghuilean (2012)

Lunch out of the wind near the summit of Beinn Ghuilean (2012)

Seal were often basking on the rocks at low tide when walking back along the coast at Kildalloig (2012)

Seal were often basking on the rocks at low tide when walking back along the coast at Kildalloig (2012)

Campbeltown is considered slightly off the beaten track as a holiday destination – however, if you enjoy the outdoors (including golf) it’s well worth the visit.  We had a very enjoyable week and I thank the family for joining me.

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One Response to Down Home – Campbeltown

  1. Nancy says:

    Hi there,
    Angus McMillan b. about 1670 in Campbeltown is my: Great x 7 Grandfather.
    His son:Duncan, his son: James, his son: Robert, his son:Donald, his son: James, his son: John A, and his daugther: Majorie McMillan (who was my grandmother who died last week and was from St. Thomas, Ontario Canada).
    I am very very curious about Campeltown because I want to go to Scotland one day and walk in this place where my ancesters are from.
    Thanks,
    Nancy