Spectacular scenery scores high in survey

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Following a comment in a recent Courier street survey that ‘Westport beach is Campbeltown’s greatest asset,’ The Courier’s Joan Crooks took to the streets with the question: ‘What do you think is Kintyre’s greatest asset?’

‘Campbeltown Marina is a great asset’, said Shay Wright, 63, a retired civil servant from Skerries, Dublin. Shay sailed from Howth to Ardglass, Co Down, then to Portpatrick before arriving in Campbeltown on Sunday in his sailing yacht, ‘Stealaway’.

‘The weather has been fabulous and the scenery around Kintyre is superb’, he said.

‘I first sailed to Campbeltown, about 40 years ago and there was no marina. I remember going into a dance in the Victoria Hall, but I don’t recall coming out,’ he laughed. 50_c23voxpop10_Shay_Wright

Fraser McMenemy, 52, an Argos delivery driver from Glasgow said: ‘The scenery on the drive here is magnificent. I could look at it all day. It beats Glasgow’s high rise tower blocks for sure.’ 50_c23voxpop09_Fraser_McMeneny

Fabian Knoke, 33, and Pascal Meyer, 32, who work with children with additional needs in Hamm, Germany said: ‘The Kintyre Way is Kintyre’s greatest asset.

‘We walked part of it, from Tarbert to Campbeltown, in 2012 and came back this year to do the whole walk to Southend. Some parts that had trees in 2012 have been deforested and some paths are hard to walk on due to the rough debris left after trees were felled. That spoiled it a bit for us.’ 50_c23voxpop08_Fabian_Knoke_Pascal_Meyer

Campbeltown pensioners, Frank Dalziel, 71, and Malcolm Cook, 69, said: ‘The festivals are great for the town. The Whisky Festival and the MOK Run being on at the same time bring a great number of visitors and the music festival is very good for bringing tourists too.’ 50_c23voxpop07_Frank_Dalziel_Malcolm_cook

Kate Watt, 39, Explore Campbeltown co-ordinator said: ‘Kintyre has so many assets it is hard to say which is greatest. We have fabulous beaches, beautiful walks, distilleries, golf, forestry trails, the Picture House and so much more.’ 50_c23voxpop06_Kate_watt

Grandmother, Marjorie Lang, 64, was with Castlehill pupils William McLean, Cameron McMillen, and Calum McAllister, all aged 11. Marjorie said: ‘The beaches and the people are the greatest assets. The people are so kind and friendly. There is so much for children to do here too.’

The boys added: ‘The beaches are good because the sand is soft and clean and the waves are great.’ They agreed that there is plenty to do in Campbeltown and said: ‘We do piping, swimming, running, football, cricket, badminton and tennis.’

Marjorie added: ‘And their sisters are highland dancers.’ 50_c23voxpop05_william_McLean_Cameron_McMillan_Marjorie_Lang_Calum_McAllister

Alan Hutchins, 54, a bus driver, and his wife Anne, 55, a housekeeper, from Newbury in Berkshire said Kintyre’s ‘amazing scenery’ is the greatest asset. Holidaying in Kilmelford with Anne’s mother, they said: ‘The scenic drive down the peninsula to Campbeltown in this fabulous weather was just wonderful.’ 50_c23voxpop04_Alan_&Anne_Hutchins

Emma Dudley, 28, a Dalintober primary teacher said: ‘For me the greatest assets are the beaches and the countryside in general, with the beautiful walks and safe burns for the children to play in. We are so lucky to have these on our doorstep.’ 50_c23voxpop03_Emma_Dudley

Retired Southend man, Nick Hind, 68, originally from Cumbria’s Lake District said: ‘Kintyre’s greatest asset? Definitely the scenery. I came down from Glasgow on Friday evening and there wasn’t a ripple on the water. The setting sun was reflected in the water. It was so beautiful. The bus driver slowed down to let everyone take pictures.’ 50_c23voxpop02_Nick_hind

Nicole Voight, 38 and her husband Christian, 42, from Munich, Germany said: ‘The whisky distilleries are what brought us here. We are part of a group of 30 people on a whisky tour. We toured Glen Scotia this morning and will have a tour of Springbank this afternoon.

We joined the group at Troon and sailed into Campbeltown on the tall ship ‘Thalassa’. The view coming into Campbeltown loch was amazing with the sun behind the mountains.’ 50_c23voxpop01_nicole_voigt_christian_voigt