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Welcome to Campbeltown Airport
Famous for single malt whisky and the annual Mull of Kintyre Music Festival
Campbeltown Airport is located on the western side of the Kintyre peninsula, approximately three miles west of Campbeltown. Campbeltown has beautiful views looking out over the famous Campbeltown Loch towards the Island of Davaar.
The town is known for a number local products including Springbank Whisky, Campbeltown Cheese and many more locally-produced products. The area has also produced a number of outstanding golf courses including the famous Machrihanish Golf Course and Machrihanish Dunes (launched in 2009) and both are situated right beside Campbeltown airport. There is also the beautiful Dunaverty golf course at Southend with stunning views out towards Ireland.
History of Campbeltown Airport
Campbeltown airport was formally known as the Stath in 1916, and then from its official beginning in 1918, RAF Machrihanish has existed under a variety of names. It has functioned as both a military and a civil airfield, and performed a number of additional roles, over and above that of a simple aerodrome.
In 1933, the air Base had the first scheduled commercial flight in Scotland which flew between Glasgow and Campbeltown.
The present airfield was established during 1940-1941. Built by the Royal Navy, it became RNAS Machrihanish on 23rd June 1941. With the conclusion of World War II and the departure of the military, scheduled operations and civilian flights returned to the smaller airfield.
Records indicate that the airfield had grass runways and four hangers each measuring 60 x 70 feet, together with a perimeter road and dispersal areas during its World War II operations; however, the fact that it overlapped the larger and more developed site of RAF Machruhanish led to its final closure during 1945.
The United States Navy handed the airfield back to the MoD on June 30, 1995, marking the end of its service as a NATO facility since 1960. The airbase was sold to MACC Development Ltd in May 2012, and a section of the airbase is leased to HIAL for Campbeltown Airport.
HIAL took over the licence of the airfield on the 1st of April 1996 and now use the airfield’s runway for its commercial operations which include two scheduled flights a day from Glasgow.
More Tourist Information
For the latest tourist information, what is on and places to visit and accommodation please visit our Visitors Section within Campbeltown airport. Or via the local community website atwww.kintyre.org or from VisitScotland at www.visitscotland.com.