Geographical location

The Kintyre Peninsula ( Scottish Gaelic Cinn Tire, [k ʲ ʰ iɲt ʲ ʰ i ː ɾ ʲ ə ] ) is an elongated peninsula in the west of Scotland in the county of Argyll and Bute. About this peninsula is the shortest route to Northern Ireland, and it is believed that the colonization of the island of Ireland by hunter-gatherers, and later by farmers on Kintyre was.

At a distance of 21 kilometers above the sea Northern Ireland lies in sight. On the barren peninsula lie the prehistoric Duns and Forts Carradale, Skeig Dun, Dun Kildonan and Ranachan Hill Fort, the stone series of Ballochroy as well as the tomb of Clyde Hill Blast near Southend. The place Campbeltown was in the late 19th century a center of whiskey production. There are only three distilleries - Springbank, Glen Scotia and Glengyle. The Port of Campbeltown is almost meaningless today. The north of the peninsula does not count for the Kintyre Peninsula and is called Knapdale. There lies on the isthmus between West and East Loch Tarbert Tarbert harbor of. To the west lie the inhabited islands of Gigha and Islay and east of the Isle of Arran. Consist at least in summer ferry connections to the three islands.

Mull of Kintyre ( Mull = cape, promontory ) is the southern tip of the peninsula, where a lighthouse stands on the cliff. There is an eponymous song by Paul McCartney and his band Wings, in which the sense of home at the sight of the Mull of Kintyre is sung. The place Southend at the southern tip is 77 kilometers by road from the north end away in Tarbert.



A private company operates a bus service on the Kintyre Peninsula.


Air traffic takes place between Glasgow and Campbeltown Airport.


The following routes are operated:

  • Tarbert - Lochranza ( Arran )
  • Kennacraig Port Ellen ( Islay )
  • Tayinloan - Gigha
  • Tarbert Portavadie
  • Campbeltown - Ballycastle in Northern Ireland ( only in summer)
  • Claonaig - Lochranza (summer only )


Opened in 2006 Kintyre Way long distance footpath extends over 141 miles from Tarbert at the north end of the peninsula to Southend in the south. The marked path criss-crosses over the peninsula. A little off the beaten path lies Ranachan Hill Fort.


The Mull -of- Kintyre test was an unofficial rule of the British film censorship, which until 2003 had stock. Then could be seen in a movie no erection, in which a penis a higher angle to the vertical formed as the ( on a map similar-looking penis ) Kintyre Peninsula to the Scottish mainland.

  • Kintyre
  • Peninsula (Scotland )
  • Peninsula ( Europe)
  • Peninsula (Atlantic Ocean )
  • Geography ( Argyll and Bute )