Kintyre is hooching for spring

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Campbeltown is rightly famous for its whisky and distillery tourism has become a year round attraction.

Even in the middle of winter groups of foreign tourists, from as far away as Japan, have been asking directions and trekking to Springbank, Glengyle and Glen Scotia.

The boom is so great that Springbank is in the middle of creating a visitor’s centre in addition to Cadenheads’ tasting rooms.

Soon there will be another destination on the Kintyre distilling map when Beinn an Tuirc’s gin distillery at Torrisdale is added.

It took whisky producers nearly 200 years to think of running a festival, perhaps providing the template for next week’s Gintyre. It will open less than a year after production of Kintyre gin started.

Just before that event there will be a media circus including television coverage at Campbeltown Picture House on Thursday evening.

Tycoon and philanthropist, Nick Ferguson CBE, whose heart is firmly set in Argyll, despite his London working base, will formally end years of blood, sweat and tears during the cinema’s restoration.