Kintyre and Gigha

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  • Explore Kintyre

    With its pristine natural setting, unique coastal character and rich history, you ‘ll never run out of things to do in Argyll and the Isles. Dine on the freshest seafood and savour some of the world’s most famous Scotch whiskies. Be spellbound by the region’s magnificent birdlife, be it the sight of a magnificent sea eagle, an elusive corncrake or a thousand-strong flock of barnacle geese. Sail into secluded anchorages and watch the night sky glitter. Kayak in turquoise waters and walk in the wilderness. Marvel at early standing stones and visit castles of the famous clans. You’ll be spoilt for choice in this glorious region.

    Kintyre is home to the iconic song ’Mull of Kintyre’ by Paul Macartney, epic cycle trails, spectacular dive sites, unbeatable sailing waters, superb beaches and distilleries.

    Explore Gigha

    The Isle of Gigha (pron.: /ˈɡiːə/; Scottish Gaelic: Giogha) is a small island off the west coast of Kintyre. The island has a population of about 130 people. The climate is mild with higher than average sunshine hours and the soils are fertile.Gigha has a long history, having been inhabited continuously since prehistoric times. It may have had an important role during the Kingdom of Dalriada and is the ancestral home of Clan MacNeill. It fell under the control of the Norse and the Lords of the Isles before becoming incorporated into modern Scotland and saw a variety of conflicts during the medieval period.The population of Gigha peaked at over 700 in the eighteenth century, but during the 20th century the island had numerous owners, which caused various problems in developing the island. By the beginning of the 21st century resident numbers had fallen to only 98. However a “community buy-out” in 2002 has transformed the island, which now has a growing population and a variety of new commercial activities to complement farming and tourism.Attractions on the island include Achamore Gardens and the abundant wildlife, especially seabirds. There have been numerous shipwrecks on the surrounding rocks and skerries.

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