East Kintyre


Once upon a time, this tiny collection of charming cottages was a secret haven for whisky smugglers.

Today, Grogport, which lies just north of the village of Carradale, is just as popular as an all-year-round holiday base for exploring the length and breadth of the Kintyre peninsula.

As well as its white sandy beach there is a picnic spot nearby – ideal for al fresco dining and enjoying wonderful views across Kilbrannan Sound to the Isle of Arran.

You might also be lucky enough to spot the local wildlife, including seals, porpoises, otters and dolphins.

Hop across to the other side of the road and you’ll discover ‘The Sailor’s Grave’: the ruins of a Bronze Age Cist. It’s believed this stone burial chamber dates all the way back to approximately 2,000 BCE.

Another must-see antiquity is the peculiarly shaped and cup-marked boulder, which has been mysteriously named The Priest’s Chair. You can find it on the hillside about 350 yards north-west of North Crossaig farm.

Whilst there are many such archaeological treasures in Kintyre, very few are as easily accessible for visitors as these two well-kept secrets.