Kintyre


MOKRUN starts and finishes in Campbeltown, Kintyre.  Campbeltown is approximately 140 miles from Glasgow - about a 3 hour drive but you can also travel by air, bus and now by ferry from Ardrossan.

The Royal Burgh of Campbeltown is a lovely scenic town with a population of around 6,000.  Originally known as Kinlochkilkerran (The head of the loch by the kirk of St Kieran). It was renamed in the 17th century and became an important centre for shipbuilding, whisky and fishing. 

The area is also well known by golf lovers.  The newly opened and award winning Mach Dunes Golf course features in the half-marathon route before descending on Westport beach and Machrishanish Golf Club is only a few miles away from Campbeltown.

Today, the whisky trade remains prominent in the town with three active distilleries remaining - although this is still a shadow of its former glory days when there were no less than 34 distilleries therefore proclaiming itself "the whisky capital of the world".

The town itself lots to offer with a number of shops, cafes, restaurants and public houses.  Local attractions in the town include the museum, the heritage centre, Mull of Kintyre Seatours, Campbeltown Cinema (oldest Cinema in Scotland), putting green, tennis courts, sailing and the Aqualibrium - a state of the art swimming pool, fitness centre, new all weather pitches, creche, library and café.

The Kintyre peninsula stretching approximately 30 miles (48km) is itself a great place to explore. Geographically, the Kintyre peninsula is long and narrow, at no point more than 11 miles (18 km) from west coast to east coast. The central spine of the peninsula is mostly hilly moorland. The coastal areas and hinterland, however, are rich and fertile. As such, Kintyre has long been a prized area for settlers, from the early Scots who migrated from Ulster to western Scotland and the Vikings or Norsemen who conquered and settled the area just before the start of the second millennium.

From Tarbert in the north to Southend and the Mull of Kintyre (immortalised in the song of the same name by Paul McCartney) in the south there are an abundance of small villages steeped in history to visit.  Miles and miles of sandy beaches surround the coastline where you can enjoy peaceful walks or safe, clean bathing.  For more information on Kintyre please browse the visitkintyre website here.

The Kintyre Way starting at Tarbert Harbour and finishing at Dunaverty Bay opened in 2006. The entire walk is 103 miles includes a shorter 88 mile direct route. The time needed to complete the walk is between 4 and 7 days (depending on ability).For more information on the walk please visit the website www.kintyreway.com. 

Alternatively you could run it and take part in the annual Kintyre way challenge. For information on the 2014 Kintyre Way Relay visit http://www.kintyrewayrelay.co.uk