Kintyre Express – opening up a gateway to Northern Ireland
Our Kintyre Express ferry service and Taste of Islay tours have now ended for the season but will return in 2018. In the meantime the below information regarding 2017 will give you a flavour of what we can offer to customers planning trips for 2018.
As part of your travels we can help you to not only discover the west coast of Scotland, we can open up the rugged beauty of the Bangor and Antrim coast of Northern Ireland with our Kintyre Express passenger ferry which links Campbeltown, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Islay.
Kintyre Express ferry services for up to 12 passengers operate between Campbeltown - Ballycastle and Ballycastle - Port Ellen from April to September.
There are daily departures throughout June, July and August while there are Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday departures during April, May and September.
With ample space for luggage, bikes and golf-clubs, Kintyre Express is perfect for those looking to do a bit of exploring or play a few holes of golf on either side of the water.
A Taste of Islay
Our day trip to the Isle of Islay from Ballycastle operates on similar dates to scheduled ferry service.
The trip departs Ballycastle in the morning, arriving at Port Ellen where we will transport you to Ardbeg Distillery for a guided tour and lunch before returning to Ballycastle.
If you would prefer to return from Islay on a different day but still visit Ardbeg distillery, you can purchase our whisky tour add-on ticket which is available to book with any ferry journey between Ballycastle and Port Ellen.
To book any of our ferry services please visit: www.kintyreexpress.com/booking
Kintyre Express departs from Campbeltown pontoons and Ballycastle harbour where our staff will be on hand to collect your ticket and help you board.
Kintyre Express boats are also available for private charter.
For further information on any of our services please call our office on 01586 555 895 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Campbeltown, Kintyre and beyond
Situated on the beautiful peninsula of Kintyre, Campbeltown is one of the largest towns in Argyll. It is a great base for exploring scenic southern Kintyre and provides access to superb golf courses, beautiful scenery, many outdoor activities and, for those travelling further afield, can be the start of your journey to discover the West Coast of Scotland.
Located on a deep bay sheltered by Davaar Island and the surrounding hills, Campbeltown itself is home to three active distilleries; Glen Scotia, Glengyle and Springbank with guided tours available at Springbank.
Kintyre offers a scenic trail of villages and towns and temperate climate fed by the warmth of the North Atlantic drift to visitors. Stunning scenery, world renowned seafood and local sourced and produced cheeses, beef and lamb make the area a must for food lovers.
For those travelling further afield, Inveraray with its stunning castle and beautiful location offers a prefect place for a short break and Oban, the ferry hub for many of Scotland’s islands including the diverse and beautiful Inner Hebrides, is a bustling town with lots to see and do.
Ballycastle and the Antrim Coast
The village of Ballycastle is ideally located for exploring the Antrim Coast, famous for the Giant’s Causeway and Bushmills Distillery as well its diverse and stunning scenery. The coast offers visitors a wealth of things to see and do including playing some of Northern Ireland’s most famous golf courses.
Ancient castles and heritage and culture play just as significant a part in the visitor experience as the breathtaking scenery.
For those looking to visit The Giant’s Causeway, it is only 13 miles from Ballycastle, so easily accessible by cyclists and those using public transport. It is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption and for those of you who have visited Staffa, you will find the rock formations remarkably similar (see our blog for more details on the Giant’s Causeway).
Bushmills Distillery is only 3 miles from the Giant’s Causeway and dates back to 1608. It has approximately 120,000 visitors each year and offers guided tours and a well stocked gift shop.
Other popular activities with the area are cycling, walking, fishing and golfing so remember you can take your bike or golf clubs on the Kintyre Express!
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