Day 119 : Machrihanish – Carradale

Today I walk from Machrihanish towards Campbeltown and pick up the Kintyre way which takes a more central route up the peninsular before dropping down to Carradale.

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Walking along the road from Machrihanish I pass the turning for the airport. The community bought the airbase from the MOD for the princely sum of £1. The airport has been shortlisted as a potential UK Spaceport Centre. I continue along this flat straight road to the outskirts of Campbeltown.

The way out of Campbeltown is by the main A83 road for about a mile before turning off onto a single track road signposted to Gobagrennan.

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As I trundled along this road a towards Lussa Loch someone passing in a car slowed down and asked me if I knew where High Park Farm was, the first home that Paul and Linda McCartney bought on Kintyre. At the time I didn’t know where it was but when I looked back at the maps later I had passed only about a mile away from the farm.

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The walk through the forest and past Lussa Loch are all on good forestry tracks and bridlepaths. I was surprised that I did not meet another walker all day, especially as this part of the Kintyre Way is in a beautiful setting and it was the middle of August.

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As I enter Carradale I come to another café and manage to sneek another coffee and cake before they close. Carol and Ken run the café and Carol makes the cakes herself, they are scrumptious.

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I have made friends with Mark whilst I was staying in Campbeltown. We end up going to a whisky bar at the Ardshiel Hotel. They were not sure but reckon they have over 460 different whiskies o available at any one time. I stuck to just two shots, but it was interesting looking at the whisky menu, one of them was at £60 a shot, you would not want to spill any.