The sunsets on the west coast of Scotland are really something else!! No matter what time of year you visit they will never cease to take your breath away.....memories that last forever!
There is something for everyone in Kintyre, whether you have always dreamed of playing the famous Machrihanish Golf course or enjoy sampling the wonderful selection of fresh, local seafood, quietly observing the amazing bird and wildlife or just chilling out on the beach.
Take a whisky tour at Scotland's last privately owned distillery - Springbank in Campbeltown; take a boat trip to go dolphin and whale watching; a day trip to the islands of Gigha, Islay, Bute or Arran even Northern Ireland on the Kintyre Express now!
There is an abundance of wonderful restaurants all serving local seafood, fabulous steaks and vegetarian options. Don't forget Balure Guests receive a complimentary 10% discount at our own Cara Cafe beachside snack bar!
The beautiful fishing village of Tarbert to the north of Balure holds sailing, music and seafood festivals during the year - just ask for details. Information for the best butchers, bakers and fishmongers are all available on arrival and we are only down the road if you need any local information!
BEACHES - Kintyre is known as the 'mainland island' - holding onto the mainland by just a 1/2mile strip of land means that Kintyre is almost totally surrounded by beaches of all sorts, sandy, shingle, rocky and even the famous Shell Beach at Tarbert. Westport is renowned for its beautiful white sandy beach and a popular spot for windsurfers (lessons available for all), Point Sands is the only beach 'with facilities', whilst A'Cleit (pronounced Claitch) has wonderful rockpools and cliffs. Machrihanish and Carradale are huge open stretches, Southend is more intimate and a chance to visit St Columba's footprint and a stretch down to the Mull of Kintyre.
To reach the beach from Balure House just stroll down the drive cross the main road and straight in front of you is a farm track (dogs on leads please) leading straight to the beach - approx 0.5m from here.
THE ISLAND OF GIGHA
Definately worth a visit. The island ferry leaves from the village (Tayinloan) every hour (see welcome pack for timetable) bicycles are worth taking or you can hire them from Gordon @ Gigha Boats & Cycle Hire on the island. The famous Achamore Gardens are beautiful but especially gorgeous in May and June! The beaches at the far end of the island - good walking boots, bike or car take you to a little bit of west coast paradise!! Beware - you WILL fall in love with Gigha! The island is only 8 miles long so perfect for a day trip, but don't miss the ferry home as it is pretty quiet after lights out!