Group Hopes to Turn Machrihanish into Tourist Mecca With Virgin Galactic

Richard Branson poses with Virgin Galactic ticketholders and staff members in front of WhiteKnightTwo.
Richard Branson poses with Virgin Galactic ticketholders and staff members in front of WhiteKnightTwo.

Sunday Herald and BBC pick up on For Argyll’s campaign to attract Virgin Galactic to Machrihanish
For Argyll

If Virgin Galactic did opt for Machrihanish as their UK Spaceport, imagine what that would mean for Argyll. Every run up to a launch; every batch of space tourists arriving for a panoramic view like no other and a brief shot of weightlessness; every launch, every return….

Media crews everywhere. International coverage. National television. You Tubes galore. ‘Argyll’ and ‘Kintyre’ mentioned endlessly. Views of the Machrihanish Golf Course, the Machrihanish Dunes Golf Course, Machrihanish surfing beach, Davaar Island, Campbeltown pier and marina, the Dorlin, Arran, the Mull of Kintyre. Glimpses of Islay, the Paps of Jura and Gigha, of Sanda Island through to Ayrshire’s Ailsa Craig and of Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast. Views of the retreating and wonderfully complex Argyll coast with its offshore islands as the Mother Ship, White Knight Two, climbs into space.

Talk of sailing, diving, sea kayaking, angling, sea angling, long distance walking trails, whisky, seafood, festivals, castles, heritage … Even VisitScotland’s entire budget couldn’t pay for the sort of publicity this could generate for Argyll.

Look at the tourist infrastructure that would develop -would have to develop – from this, including ultra high-end accommodation. Branson might even buy Sanda Island for the purpose – Necker with midges.

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