Things to do
There is much to do in and around Carradale itself and further away throughout the Kintyre Peninsula. Here are just some of the places of interest and activities that we recommend you do and visit.
The Kintyre Way
Stretching for 87 miles, all the way from Tarbert in the north to Southend at the Mull and taking in all the peninsula's villages and hamlets, the Kintyre Way is quickly becoming Scotland's new long distance walk of choice.
Lasting 5-7 days, taking in some of the most beautiful, unspoilt scenery and wildlife in country, 'The Way' really is a must for the avid walker. However the sections can be tackled individually meaning you could choose to just a smaller 'leg' in a day if you wanted.
Carradale Network Centre
Within the village stands Network Carradale. A small heritage centre offering information on the village throughout the ages, focusing on the key aspects of: Fishing, Farming, Forestry and crofting life.
Carradale Bikes & Buggies has opened at the Network Centre. Offer daily and weekly rentals of mountain bikes and off road mobility scooters, they are a great way of exploring the local areas extensive network of forest tracks and shore lines.
Carradale Point is home to a herd of Carradale wild goats. With fantastic views towards our mile long bay and over to Arran, at the end of the point is a vitrified ruined fort, with little know about its history, the point offers a great interesting afternoon walk, with a bounty of wildlife and great seasonal fishing.
WalkingWith the village being surrounded by Carradale Forest and moorland to one side, and the Killbranan Sound to the other, it boasts miles and miles of tracks and paths for the avid walker. Form a wander down to the mile long bay or a hike over Deer Hill there is something for everyone, with stunning views, active wildlife and fresh clean air, Carradale is a must for the outdoors.
Carradale takes its name from the River Carra which runs through the village, and offers season Salmon Fishing, with permits being available within the village. The Sound is also great for sea fishing, with a wide variety of fish to be caught for the avid angler.
The Kintyre Peninsula, and its surrounding Islands, is abundant with some of the most challenging and picturesque golf courses in the world. Offering course for all levels and ages, it cannot be missed by golfing enthusiasts.
8 miles south of the village lies the small hamlet of Saddell. Steeped in ancient history, the Clan Donald began its reign here, overcoming the Vikings to found the 'Lordship of The Isles'. The Abbey itself was founded in the 12th century, and the carved stones of the abbey are on display. Incredibly picturesque and enchanting, Saddell also boasts a safe sandy beach whether the famous Mull of Kintyre anthem was filmed with the local kids from Carradale Primary School!
Campbeltown Heritage Centre
Campbeltown is a unique west coast town, steeped in history and myth. The Campbeltown Heritage Centre offers an insight into this varied and colourful past.
Whisky Trail Campbeltown was once home to over 30 whisky distilleries, and considered the capital of our national drink. Campbeltown is still a whisky producing town, with 4 being produced today, including the world renowned Springbank. Tours and tasting can also be arranged, and are a must for whisky lovers.
Ferries to the islands of Arran, Gigha, Islay and Jura, as well as Ardrossan, are all within a short drive away and offer a great day trip out, showcasing even more activities and places to explore.