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Argyll Kitesurf Guide

Westport (Northern end of Machrihanish Beach)

Follow the A83 towards Campbeltown to reach the car park at Westport about 5 miles outside Campbeltown. Known locally as The Sound of Kintyre, this is one of the best places to kitesurf, windsurf or surf. You can kitesurf here in any westerly wind and when its howling it gets massive swell. It’s not learner material but if you can hold your own then give it a go. This is a spectacular place, very popular with local surfers but NEVER EVER crowded. If you like a challanging ride and a beach all to yourself then look no further. Beware of the rips at Westport, they can be quite wild at times, and stay well away from the rocky end by the car park.

Machrihanish

On the west coast of Kintyre, Machrihanish has on the best beaches around. You can get to Machrihanish by following the A83 into cambletown then turning onto the B843 which will take you right into Machrihanish. There is a campsite and some small B&B’s to choose from if you’re travelling with the better half, or you could stay in one of the many hotels in Campbeltown itself, only a 10-15 min drive up the road.

From Machrihanish you have access to the southern end of the beach and probably one of the best views around. If kitesurfing here, please don’t fly too close to the golf club. We’ve not had any complaints but best ot be on the safe side. Everyone here is so friendly and if you do get lost don’t be afraid to ask someone (although the slang here is something else!).

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Carradale

On the east coast of Kintyre, opposite the Isle of Arran, lies the little fishing village of Carradale. Accessible via a spur off the B842, 13 miles north of Campbeltown, Carradale is the only place of any size en-route to Tarbert in the north. The road north from Campbeltown only becomes single track once it passes Carradale, but even further south the tight twists and turns, coupled with the distraction of superb views over Arran, can catch out the unwary.

Carradale Bay is at the south east side of Kintyre, just north of Campbeltown. The beach itself is superb at low tide for buggies/landboards and is also very shallow so good for kitesurfing in a southerly wind. There are virtually no waves here and the bay is about a mile long, parking is easy at the north end. Access is via the road to Carradale and then turning right towards Port Righ. When you come to a cross road, to your right is Port Righ and to your left is a dirt track heading to the village hall. Go through the gate straight across the road and follow the track to the beach. The other option is via the campsite sign posted on the way.

Ormsary

Ormsary is approximately a 2 hour drive from Glasgow on the A83. Follow the road through Inveraray to Lochgilphead and on for a further 2 miles towards Tarbert. Approximately 2 miles from Lochgilphead take the turning on to the B8024 sign posted Kilberry. This is a single-track road with passing places. Follow this road for 10miles to the Ormsary Lodge site. Ormsary can also be reached via Oban to the north following the A816 to Lochgilphead and then through toward Tarbert till you find the signpost for the B8024 sign posted Kilberry as above.

Opposite Ormsary Lodge is a small area of grass to set up and pack away if your staying in the lodges, and right next to this is the bay. When fed by a westerly wind, it compares to Carradale in that it is shallow for some distance, no waves and when the tide goes out it is surprisingly MASSIVE!!! When the tide is in this is probably a no-go area for beginners unless you have help at hand for landing and launching.

Many thanks to Jason from www.club-kitesurf.com for this guide. Club Kitesurf is the home of kitesurfing in Argyll with the aim of promoting kitesurfing in the area.

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