Tarbert to Claonaig

Tarbert to Claonaig

Starting at Tarbert’s bustling harbour and yacht haven, the Kintyre Way begins its journey down the East coast of Kintyre. Winding its way up from historic Tarbert Castle, the route follows high above the coastline with extensive panoramic views over to the island of Arran across the Kilbrannan Sound. Gentle paths lead down to Claonaig where just a short walk away is the imposing Skipness Castle and Seafood Cabin, a visit is highly recommended! Please note there is limited accommodation in Claonaig and Skipness.

Gentle paths lead down to Claonaig where just a short walk away is the imposing Skipness Castle and Seafood Cabin, a visit is highly recommended! Please note there is limited accommodation in Claonaig and Skipness.

11 miles
Allow 5-8 hours
Suitable for Walking Running Cycling

Claonaig to Clachan

Claonaig to Clachan

This section takes you across open moorland before brining you to the secluded and attractive Loch Ciaran. Known for its birdlife and brown trout it is popular with the more adventurous anglers and the perfect picnic stop. From here forest walks wind their way down to the village of Clachan where there is a good selection of accommodation. A visit to Dun Skeig Hill Fort, sited to the South East of the village, is highly recommended.

From here forest walks wind their way down to the village of Clachan where there is a good selection of accommodation. A visit to Dun Skeig Hill Fort, sited to the South East of the village, is highly recommended.

10 miles
Allow 5-7 hours
Suitable for Walking Running Cycling

Clachan to Tayinloan

Clachan to Tayinloan

Now on the East coast the Kintyre Way follows the shores of the Atlantic offering walkers fantastic views over to Islay, Jura and Gigha. The walking here is predominately on the shore with the sea only a few steps away. Tayinloan has a small selection of excellent accommodation.

9 miles
Allow 5-7 hours
Suitable for Walking Running Cycling*
*Cyclists may be best staying on the main A83 as a majority of the shoreline is pebbles.

Tayinloan to Carradale

Tayinloan to Carradale

This section of the Kintyre Way is a very varied and satisfying walk. From Tayinloan the trail heads west high into the hills. Deucheran Hill offers walkers open views of Kintyre and its coastlines bringing you into Deer Hill (Cnoc na Gabhar) high above Carradale.

Here you are rewarded with a stunning panorama taking in much of the east cost of Kintyre as well as the Arran mountains and Ailsa Craig. Carradale offers the perfect rest stop with abundant accommodation and eateries.

16 miles
Allow 6-9 hours
Suitable for Walking Running Cycling

Carradale to Campbeltown

Carradale to Campbeltown

This section is a good days walking and takes you southwards through hugely varied countryside. From the superb rocky coastline at Waterfoot the trail leads you along the coastline before reaching Torrisdale Castle Estate. The woodland walk takes you through the beautiful estate grounds to door of Beinn an Tuirc Gin Distillery names after the highest hill in Kintyre above the estate. From here you follow the track up through pastureland and forest before descending in to Ifferdale. Just a short walk to the east is Saddell Castle, the bay is most famous in recent times as the filming location for Paul McCartneys ‘Mull of Kintyre’ video.

Standing looking out to see is the Anthony Gormley figure ‘Grip’ installed in 2015 to celebrate 50 years of the Landmark Trust who manage the estate. Back on the Kintyre Way the trail leads you through forest around Lussa Loch. From here you descend into the historic town of Campbeltown. Campbeltown has a host of amenities including the The Picture House, one of the oldest surviving purpose-built cinemas in the UK as well as a swimming pool and gym and of course the historic town and loch itself.

22 miles
Allow 7-10 hours
Suitable for Walking Running Cycling

Campbeltown to Dunaverty

Campbeltown to Dunaverty

The penultimate section starts out from Campbeltown and follows the shores of Campbeltown Loch taking you past the sentinel of Davaar Island at the entrance of the Loch.
Witness the stunning seascapes of Arran, Ireland and the Ayrshire coast.
Davaar Island is linked to the shore at low tide by a natural shingle causeway called the Doirlinn. In a cave on the island is an image of the Crucifixion painted by Archiebald MacKinnon in 1887.

The single track road known locally as the Leerside offers a stunning seascape of Arran, Ireland and the Ayrshire coast to walkers on this quiet and peaceful road. The road takes you to Polliwilline Farm where you will then head towards the shore and a beautiful piece of coast walking right along to Kilmashenachan where you will follow a minor road to the hamlet of Mill Park and then join the B842 on into Southend village.

16 miles
Allow 7 – 9 hours

Southend to Machrihanish

Southend to Machrihanish

Passing through wild and genuinely remote country where there is little shelter and no mobile phone signal, this section offers amazing views out to sea and across to the Irish coast.
A tough section, rewarded by amazing views of the Atlantic.
From the village head westwards towards the crescent beach of Dunaverty Bay , onto the road to Keil and onwards through productive farmland to Amod where you will start climbing towards the Scottish Wildlife Trust nature reserve at Largiebaan.

Map and compass skills are often needed here as the waymarks may be hidden by mist and the path is not always clear on the ground.We would recommend that walkers be prepared for this section by wearing waterproof, high ankle boots and if the weather is inclement, waterproof trousers. You might also wish to consider using walking poles on the steep areas around Largiebaan. The path takes you over open moorland to Innean Glen and then heads inland towards Ballygroggan.
From Ballygroggan join the public road for a steep descent into the village of Machrihanish with the islands of Islay and Jura to your left providing a wonderful finale to your journey. Machrihanish offers an excellent range of accommodation or a regular bus service on into Campbeltown.

16 miles
Allow 7 – 9 hours