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Campbeltown is at the end of the A83 on the Kintyre peninsula, with only B-roads continuing south. Despite being 'only' 60 miles from Glasgow as the crow flies, it is over double that distance by road. In many respects it is one of the most remote towns on the mainland, and this is reflected in the difficulties many residents experience. In bad winters, the town has been cut off for several days, unscheduled ferries bringing in generators and supplies, whilst even in summer the lengthy journey to reach anywhere is problematic.
As noted above, the only A road in the area is the A83, which has travelled the length of the peninsula from Lochgilphead and Tarbert to the north. It follows the western shore of Kintyre, whilst the B842 comes down the more rugged eastern, Firth of Clyde shore. The A83 is a great drive which is often right on the coast, with Atlantic waves crashing against the rocks just a few feet away. Small sandy bays and pretty villages are also to be found by the more adventurous.
South of the town, the B842 continues all the way to the southern coast of the Mull of Kintyre, and the village of Southend. A mile or so out of town, the B843 forks west to Machrihanish, a small village which grew to importance with the military airfield nearby. In the past, the A83 extended as far as the fork, but has since been curtailed in the town centre. The B842 also includes a short spur from the town centre to the pier, and this was once the A818, a number since reused nearer Glasgow.
The Final Ferries Plan published late in 2012 led to the introduction of a summer only service from Campbeltown to Ardrossan in Ayrshire, via Brodick on Arran. Initially running a morning and/or evening service each day between Thursday and Sunday, if it proves successful then when the next new large vessel comes into service it will be deployed permanently to the Ardrossan-Brodick-Campbeltown route, offering the service on 3+ days throughout the year. For a few years a ferry operated to Northern Ireland, but this was short lived. More recently a passenger only service has operated in the summer.
|Tarbert, Lochgilphead, Oban, Glasgow
|Oban via A816