8 reasons to go wild about Glasgow & Kintyre

The Heart & Soul of Scotland

Glasgow is packed with culture. From the theatres to the legendary music venues, the city buzzes with creativity. It’s a fantastic foodie destination too, with cafés, restaurants and breweries offering a feast of great food and drink. 

And just a short journey away is beautiful Kintyre, where more cultural and epicurean adventures await. Here’s why you should pair Glasgow and Kintyre in your next short break. You’ll have a dram good time!

Glasgow & Kintyre

Glasgow

#1 Clydeside spirit 

Start your day with a visit to Clydeside Distillery, which opened in 2017 in a former pump house at Queen’s Dock on the banks of the Clyde. It’s now producing the first whisky in Glasgow for more than 100 years. Take a tour to watch the craftsmen distil the city’s new spirit.

#2 Glasgow's jewels 

Take a stroll down the historic Argyll Arcade on Buchanan Street, Glasgow's centre of jewellery. You'll find windows sparkling with diamonds, jewels and other precious items. Then head to Sharmanka Kinetic Gallery & Theatre on Trongate, one of Glasgow’s hidden treasures. 

#3 Food by foot

Experience Glasgow one bite at a time! Join the Wee Food Tour for a walking foodie adventure through the city. Enjoy an afternoon of tastings in six different restaurants and speciality shops, trying some of Glasgow’s finest food and produce.

#4 Eat, drink and play

For lunch, try The Gannet, a multi-award winning restaurant in the vibrant Finnieston. Book a table at Mezzidakia for dinner. It’s one of Glasgow’s newest restaurants and offers mouthwatering mezze and cracking cocktails. Another great option is The Spanish Butcher in Merchants’ Quarter. Get stuck into mouth-watering modern Spanish dishes. Catch a film at Glasgow Film Theatre, Scotland’s original independent cinema showing everything from art house films to late night cult screenings. Or how about a seeing a ballet, opera or play at the Theatre Royal, home of Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet. 

Stay at the iconic Grand Central Hotel or the elegant Millennium Hotel on George Square. Both of these historic hotels are located in the heart of the city.

Glasgow & Kintyre

Kintyre

#5 Time for tee

Kintyre is world-renowned for its golf courses. It packs in three of Scotland’s best links golf courses within 20 miles. Play a round at Machrihanish Dunes, which shares breathtaking views and a majestic dunescape with neighbouring Machrihanish Golf Club, a world-top-100 course.

#6 Spirit of Kintyre 

A tour of the historic Glen Scotia Distillery in Campbeltown is a fascinating experience. It still maintains much of its original design, including the fermenters, the stillroom and the dunnage warehouse dating from the 1830s. End the tour with a dram or two! Or head up the east coast to Torrisdale Castle to discover Kintyre Gin. Take a tour of the distillery and enjoy a gin and tonic in the beautiful tasting room.

#7 Surf's up

Kintyre's west coast is home to some fabulous sandy beaches, often pounded by Atlantic breakers. Pete’s Surf School operates from the car park at Westport Beach, providing lessons for all levels as well as surf gear hire. Warm 5mm suits are standard all year round and boots, gloves and hoods are available too.

#8 Eat, drink & play

Have lunch at Ardshiel Hotel, in the centre of Campbeltown. You’ll find Scottish favourites on the menu. For dinner tuck into sizzling steaks and sumptuous local seafood at The Kintyre Restaurant and Bar at The Ugadale Hotel. 

Catch a film and enjoy the ambiance in the beautifully restored art nouveau Campbeltown Picture House. Designed by celebrated cinema designer Albert V Gardner, it follows the ‘atmospheric style’. Few of these atmospheric cinemas now survive. In the auditorium, look out for the blue sky with moving white clouds projected across it. There are free guided tours on offer. 

Stay at The Ugadale Hotel at Machrihanish Dunes, the iconic Argyll hotel that’s been beautifully restored. Wake up to views of the sparkling Atlantic and the Hebridean islands of Islay and Jura.

 

Travel

The Glasgow Subway is the easiest way to get around the city centre and west end of Glasgow. Loganair flies from Glasgow Airport to Campbeltown on Kintyre twice every weekday. Car hire is available from Campbeltown Airport. 

An alternative is to hire a car with Enterprise rent a car and drive via the famous Rest & Be Thankful pass.

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Visit Kintyre

Kintyre is packed with great things to see and do, from whisky distilleries to world-class golf courses. Visit ruined castles, catch some waves on the surfing beach of Westport and feast on seafood. 

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Partnership

'The Heart & Soul of Scotland' campaign is a partnership between Argyll & The Isles Tourism Cooperative and Glasgow Life, supported by partners: Visit Scotland, Argyll & Bute Council, Love Loch Lomond, ScotRail, Calmac Ferries, Loganair, Enterprise rent-a-car and West Coast Motors.