Machrihanish Beach

Machrihanish Beach

Date

21 August 2018

Location

Machrihanish, Kintyre, Argyll and Bute
NR 64172 20931; 55.42533°N, 5.72852°W

Information

The village of Machrihanish is located on the coast near Campbeltown in the Kintyre peninsula and its bay has three miles of sandy beach. The village is known for its world-class, championship golf course situated on the shore.

Close to the village is Campbeltown Airport, originally RAF Machrihanish, whose 3 km runway is one of the longest in Europe. Built in 1918, it served as a NATO base from 1960 to 1995. The site was acquired in 2012 by the Machrihanish Airbase Community Company and was shortlisted as a possible location for a future UK spaceport.

Further Reading

Machrihanish (Undiscovered Scotland)

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Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown

Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown

Date

21 August 2018

Location

Longrow, Campbeltown, Kintyre, Argyll and Bute
NR 71695 20484; 55.42488°N, 5.60953°W

Information

Springbank Distillery is located in Campbeltown, once Scotland’s whisky capital with 34 distilleries having been established there. Springbank was established in 1828 on the site of an earlier illicit still. Having been in the hands of the Mitchell family for five generations, Springbank is Scotland’s oldest independent, family-owned distillery. It is also the only one to carry out all stages of production – from malting the barley to final bottling – in house on a single site.

The distillery produces three distinct single malts: Springbank, a lightly peated malt produced since 1828; Longrow, a heavily peated, smoky, Islay-style whisky produced since 1973; and Hazelburn, a subtle, non-peated variety produced since 1997.

Further Reading

Campbeltown

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Fri Skien

Fri Skien

Date

21 August 2018

Location

Campbeltown, Kintyre, Argyll and Bute
NR 72150 20344; 55.42384°N, 5.60224°W

Information

Fri Skien is a general-cargo ship operated by Norwegian shipping company Høyergruppen AS. Constructed in the Netherlands in 2000, the vessel is 89m long with a beam of 13m. Its hold has a capacity of 5,669 cubic metres and its maximum deadweight (the weight it can carry) is 3,792 tonnes. Pictured here on 21 August 2018, she arrived in Campbeltown on the 19th and her next port of call was Rostock, Germany, arriving there on the 26th.

Further Reading

Campbeltown

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Campbeltown

Campbeltown

Date

21 August 2018

Location

Campbeltown, Kintyre, Argyll and Bute
NR 72150 20344; 55.42384°N, 5.60224°W

Information

With a population of c. 5,000, Campbeltown is the most southerly main settlement in the Kintyre peninsula. It also lays claim to being the westernmost town in mainland Great Britain. Originally known as Kinlochkilkerran, the town was renamed in the 17th century after Archibald Campbell (1629-1685), 9th Earl of Argyll and Chief of Clan Campbell.

Campbeltown’s importance grew as its industries of fishing, shipbuilding and whisky production thrived. 34 whisky distilleries have been established in the town, with 25 in concurrent operation in its heyday in the mid 19th century, and its fishing fleet numbered more than 600 vessels. Today, shipbuilding has disappeared, fishing activity has vastly reduced, and there are at present three whisky distilleries in operation in the town.

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