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Scotland's Great Trail

More island than mainland, the unexplored Kintyre Peninsula of Argyll and Bute boasts hidden coves, deserted beaches along the wild atlantic coast, tiny fishing communities, and gentle hills.

Launched in late summer 2006 and stretching from Tarbert at the North end of the peninsula to Southend in the South, the waymarked Kintyre Way criss-crosses the peninsula. Here you will find information on route details and maps to download and contacts for accommodation and transport.

Go Wild in Kintyre! Walk the beautiful and unexplored wild Atlantic coast of the Kintyre peninsula with the Kintyre Way.

Along 100 miles over 4-7 days you will discover hidden coves, deserted beaches, woods & forests, castles & fishing villages and an abundance of wildlife. Stretching from Tarbert in the North to Machrihanish in the South, the seven graded & way-marked sections offer a variety of walking terrain from serious hiking to gentle rambles.

This long-distance walking route from Tarbert to Machrihanish covers 100 miles (161 km) over 7 sections ranging from 9 miles to 20 miles   (14 km to 32 km).

Conditions vary from easy public highway and forest track sections to moderate and difficult foreshore and hill walks.  The Kintyre peninsula has an extraordinary wealth and diversity of landscapes and habitats, and the route passes through places of historic interest, environmental importance and outstanding scenic beauty.

The Kintyre Way traverses the peninsula from east to west and back again, linking several settlements offering a range of services and facilities, including visitor attractions and transport options.

Kintyre is largely unspoilt and it is your responsibility to keep it that way.  Please respect the countryside and remember that this is a working landscape.  Please follow any special instructions posted along the way and pay special attention to safety notices at road crossings and potential hazards.  Outdoor footwear and clothing are essential: be prepared for sudden and unexpected changes in weather conditions.