Kintyre

Campbeltown
Location
Campbeltown is situated on the west coast of Scotland in the south of Kintyre and is a superb place to explore the scenic beauty of Kintyre. Campbeltown is around 140 miles from Glasgow which is approximately a 3 and half hour car drive away.

Travel
The Bus journey from Campbeltown to Glasgow costs around £20 return and lasts 4 hours. Campbeltown is accessed by a single main road the A83 that passes through Tarbert and Lochgilphead. This highlights Campbeltown’s remoteness and adds a secluded feeling to Campbeltown. There is also a flight that can be taken to Glasgow from Machrihanish airport which is about 5 minutes drive from Campbeltown. The flight runs twice daily and is around £80 for a return ticket.

Population and Facilities
Campbeltown has a population of around 5500 which are served by a number of facilities. There are 3 primary schools and a secondary school as well as a hospital.  Tesco and Co-op operate supermarkets within Campbeltown and there is also a petrol station. There are also selections of shops, Post office, Pharmacy, Woolworths, Fire Station, Police Station and a Sheriff’s court.  

A swimming pool, gym, Tennis court, Football fields, two bowling clubs are a number of recreational activities in Campbeltown. Golfing, surfing and horse riding are popular activities within the Campbeltown area. Campbeltown also has one of Scotland’s earliest purpose built Cinema along with a Seabird and wildlife observatory and facilities to house caravans and campers. There are also a variety of walks around Campbeltown that are mapped by the tourist information office at the head of the pier.

History
Campbeltown is famous for whiskey and in the mid 1800’s some 34 distilleries were producing whiskey but now however there is only the Springbank distillery that is in operation. In Campbeltown’s heyday there was also a fishing fleet of 600 boats which was a major employer but the fishing industry has declined drastically due to dwindling stocks and EU quotas.

Other Information
Campbeltown still entices business to the area with Vestas a large Wind Turbine company being an employer in the area. This has added to Campbeltown Loch being a busy piece of water that is used by fishing boats, leisure craft and freighters for transporting timber and the wind turbines. There is also a NATO jetty that is used as a fuel dump for ships that also use the loch.

For more information access the following links:

Links
Information
http://www.visitscotland.com/ - accommodation, activities, events and holidays in Scotland
http://www.campbeltowncourier.co.uk/

Travel
http://www.westcoastmotors.co.uk/

Location
http://maps.google.com/

Property
Argyll Community Housing Association manages 589 properties within Campbeltown in the areas shown below:

* Broad Street Area - Broad Street, Park Square and Parliament Place
* Calton Area - Albyn Avenue, Calton Avenue, Davaar Avenue,  Drumore Gardens, Hillside Road and Roading
* Meadows Area - Crosshill Avenue, Limecraigs Road, Ralston Road and Range Road
* Dalintober and Dalaruan – Benmore Street, Craigowan Park, Dalaruan Street, Lady Mary Row, Mill Road, Mill Street, Millers Park, Millknowe and Millknowe Terrace
* Town Centre - Argyll Street, Barochan Place, Burnbank Street, Flemings Land, Kinloch Road and Lochend Street
* Longrow - Fisher Row, Glebe Street, Kirk Street, Longrow and Shore Street
* High Street - Glenside, Glentorran Place, High Street, John Street, Dalintober/Princes Street, Queen Street and Saddell Street

174 X 1 bedrooms
318 X 2 bedrooms
81 X 3 bedrooms
16 X 4 bedrooms

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Carradale
Location
Carradale is located on the west coast of Scotland in Kintyre. The village is 14 miles away from Campbeltown the nearest town which is a 30 minute car drive away.

Characteristics and Population
The population of the village is around 500 and is spread over 1 and 1/2 mile Stretch of the main road. The village is separated in two by Carradale estate which is a large area of forest and rhododendrons with a large mansion in amongst it. Even though the village is spread over a large area its is still well connected and the facilities shared.  

Facilities
The village has access to a petrol station, post office, bakery, bank, Police Station, Fire Station and surgery. There is a primary school in Carradale that serves Carradale itself and other villages around as far as Saddell. The nearest secondary school is in Campbeltown and school buses run during term time.

Attractions
Carradale also has two churches, three hotels, two pubs/bars, a network centre and a 9 hole golf course. The village also has a number of tourist attractions such as forestry walks, beaches (one being about a mile long), Beautiful scenery and nearby villages offering attractions such as Torrisdale castle and Saddell abbey.  

Property
ACHA manages 45 properties within Carradale spread across the areas below:

* Broomfield
* School Park
* Tormhor
* Tosh's Park
* Woodside

13 X 1 bedrooms
10 X 2 bedrooms
22 X 3 bedrooms

Information
http://www.visitscotland.com/ - accommodation, activities, events and holidays in Scotland
Travel
http://www.westcoastmotors.co.uk/

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Drumlemble Village
Location
Drumlemble is a small village, 4 miles west of Campbeltown.

The 16 properties in the front row of Drumlemble were originally built to accommodate the miners who worked in the Coal Mine at Machrihanish.  There are a number of farms in the surrounding area and Drumlemble School which has approx 50 pupils is a mile east of the village.

The following ACHA properties are located in Drumlemble:

Front Row –  6 x 1 Bedroom Properties
                   8 x 2 Bedroom Properties
                   1 x 3 Bedroom Property

Burnbank Cottages – 1 x 2 Bedroom Property
                               2 x 3 Bedroom Properties

Rhudal Cottages - 3 x 1 Bedroom Properties
                           6 x 2 Bedroom Properties
                           6 x 3 Bedroom Properties

Education
There is a local primary school nearby (Drumlemble Primary) and it caters for the people of Drumlemble, Machrihanish and other settlements around the area. 

Drumlemble Primary School is proud of its positive ethos in which each pupil is encouraged to develop as an independent, creative and confident individual in stimulating and caring surroundings. Priority is given to maintaining high standards of attainment; creating a rich learning environment; providing pupils with a wide range of experiences to promote academic success.

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Glenbarr
Location
Glenbarr is a small village situated on the west coast of Kintyre Peninsula with a population of approximately 100. The nearest town is Campbeltown which is 12 miles away. It is 123 miles from Glasgow.

Facilities
* General Store/Post Office/Garden Centre/tea room.
* 2 churches (Church of Scotland)
* Doctors surgery and nurse ( located 2 miles away in the village of Muasdale)

Education
There is a local primary school situated in the village  which is a non-denominational school. It serves a wide catchment area which includes the villages of Muasdale, Glenbarr and Bellochantuy.

There is no secondary school in Glenbarr the nearest is Campbeltown which is 12miles or Tarbert 18 miles.

Bus Service
West Coast Motors.  Check  http://www.westcoastmotors.co.uk for bus timetable.

Argyll Community Housing Association have the following properties:

Barr Hill  -1 x 3 bed semi detached house & 2 x 2 bed semi-detached house
Glenbarr Cottages - 2 x 3 bed semi- detached house
                  
The turnover of properties in this area is slow and the demand high.

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Kilkenzie
Kilkenzie is a rural village located 4 miles north of Campbeltown, All amenities and services can be accessed in Campbeltown.  There is a regular bus service.

Glasgow is the nearest city and is thirty minutes flying time from Machrihanish Airport with two flights daily Monday to Friday.  There is also a regular bus service leaving Campbeltown three times a day.

ACHA properties in Kilkenzie:  Three 3 bedroom semi-detached houses.

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Machrihanish
Machrihanish is a village on the west coast of the Kintyre Peninsula, located at the southern end of the Machrihanish Bay 5 miles west of Campbeltown. There is a bus service that runs several times a day from Machrihanish to Campbeltown and vice versa.

Machrihanish has a primary school located approximately 1 mile from the village, in another small village called Drumlemble. The High School is situated in Campbeltown.

The village has a hotel and restaurant, several B&B’s, public toilets and a very well known golf course and clubhouse. Machrihanish Golf Club is reputed to be one of the best courses in the world; the first tee is the first on the Pro’s Dream Course. It was designed in the 1870’s by Old Tom Morris.

The University of Stirling maintain a Marine Environmental Research Laboratory at Machrihanish.

Northeast of the village is Machrihanish Airport (also known as Campbeltown Airport). The Airport is operated by the government-owned Highland and Islands Airports Limited. The Airport makes use of a single runway which at 10,000 feet is the longest in Europe. This was constructed as part of the neighbouring air force base. RAF Machrihanish was a UK and NATO military base until 1997. The base is now retained on a care-and-maintenance basis.

The following ACHA properties are located in Machrihanish:

Bayview: 6x 1 bed houses, 7x 2 bed houses, and 6x 3 bed houses.
Isleview: 2x 2 bed houses, and 3x 3 bed houses.

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Muasdale
Muasdale is a small village situated on the west coast of Kintyre Peninsula with a population of approximately 100. The nearest town is Campbeltown which is 15 miles away & it is 120 miles from Glasgow.

Facilities
* 1 General Store
* 1 church (Church of Scotland)
* Doctors surgery and nurse

Education
There is a local primary school situated 2miles from the village which is a non-denominational school. It serves a wide catchment area which includes the villages of Muasdale, Glenbarr and Bellochantuy.
Secondary School - None.   Nearest is Campbeltown  15 miles or Tarbert 16 miles.

Bus Service
West Coast Motors. Check http://www.westcoastmotors.co.uk for bus timetable.

Argyll Community Housing Association have 4 properties in Muasdale which consists of:

2 x 1bed semi-detached house with garden
1 x 2 bed semi-detached house with garden
1 x 3 bed semi-detached house with garden

The turnover of properties in this area is slow and the demand high.

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Peninver
The small village of Peninver lies on the east coast of the Kintyre Peninsula 4 miles (6.5km) North East of Campbeltown. Peninver is a very popular tourist area and houses are mainly privately owned. Argyll Community Housing Association has 2 properties in this area 1 x 2 bed Semi detached and 1 X 3 bed semi detached. Peninver has some fantastic views to Arran.

Campbeltown lies on the A83 road and Peninver can be reached within 5 minutes on the B842 to Carradale.

Buses run 5 times daily, 4 on Saturdays and none on Sundays. The first bus leaves Peninver at 08.30am and last bus arrives at Peninver at 17.45pm. There is no evening service. More information can be found at http://www.westcoastmotors.co.uk or by telephone on 01586 552319. The nearest schools, shops and larger supermarkets are all within the Campbeltown area. Facilities within Peninver include Public House, Village Hall, Pony Trekking, Country Walks & Caravan Park.

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Saddell
Saddell is a small Scottish village situated on the east side of the Kintyre Peninsula of Argyll and Bute, overlooking the Kilbrannan Sound and the Isle of Arran, 8 miles from Campbeltown on the B842 road to Carradale. The name Saddell is derived from the Norse for sandy dale.

Saddell is home to the ruins of a Cistercian Abbey. This was founded around 1160 by Somerled, and completed by his son, whose descendants became the Clan MacDonald and eventual Lords of the Isles. Stone carving was a speciality at Saddell and there are fine examples of carved medieval grave slabs displayed under cover in the grounds of the abbey, now a cemetery. Relief carvings on the stones show warriors in their armour, clerics, ships, huntsmen with stags, large swords and Celtic knotwork designs. Most were carved at Saddell Abbey but some are more typical of the Iona school of stone-carving.

Saddell Castle, a tower house a quarter of a mile to the southeast and nearer the shore, was built for the Bishop of Argyll in the early 16th century. When the Campbells took it over in the late 17th century, stone from the abbey was used to add farm buildings to the castle. The family moved into a new house nearby around 1774, and the castle deteriorated over the years before being bought by the Landmark Trust. In 1976 the Landmark Trust contracted work to restore the castle to its former glory. Soon after its completion, the castle appeared in Paul McCartney's "Mull of Kintyre" music video.

The Trust now owns both Saddell Castle and the newer Saddell House, and allows pedestrian access to the beach below at Saddell Bay. At the end of the bay is Pluck Wood and the remains of an Iron Age fort.

There are 9 properties that are owned by Argyll Community Housing Association, all located at Millers Park.  There is a combination of semi-detached, mid-terraced and end-terraced houses, three of which are 2 bedroom properties and six of which have 3 bedrooms.  The heating type is either solid fuel or electric. 

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Southend
The road from Southend out to the Mull of Kintyre is narrow and tortuous, but the journey is well worth the effort for the spectacular sea views and wild moorland (and possibly a Golden Eagle). Cars have to be left at the top of the cliffs above the lighthouse and the final part of the journey completed on foot; the walk is very steep. The views to Rathlin Island and the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland, across the vicious tide races close to the shore are quite splendid, as long as Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘mist rolling in from the sea’ is elsewhere at the time.

Several aircraft have met their ends on the hills above the lighthouse, mainly during World War Two, but also more recently in 1994, when a military Chinook helicopter, carrying senior army and police security personnel from Northern Ireland flew into the hill at full speed in thick fog. All 29 on board were killed and the spot is marked by a cairn.

There is a primary school at Southend and secondary Education at Campbeltown Grammar.

Southend has a church, doctor’s surgery, golf course, hotel, shop and tea room.

Southend is a beautiful village situated on the tip of the Kintyre peninsula on the west coast of Scotland.  A historical place in Scottish history the village has a strong community spirit within its population of just fewer than 500 and there is always something going on.

The following ACHA properties are located at Southend we have (23) in total.

Coastguard Houses
1 x 1 bedroom ground Floor flats
1 x 2 bedroom Upper Flats

MillPark
1 x 3 bedroom Semi Detached Houses
2 x 2 bedroom End Terraced Houses
2 x 2 bedroom mid Terraced Houses
2 x 2 bedroom Semi Detached Houses

Wallace Cottages
5 x 2 bedroom Semi detached Houses
1 x 2 bedroom End Terraced Houses
7 x 3 bedroom Semi Detached Houses
1 x 3 bedroom Mid Terraced Houses     

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