Wild swimming is the latest outdoor craze to sweep the nation, but the hardy folk of Dunoon in Argyll have been taking the plunge into Scotland’s seas for quite sometime. It's home to the Clyde Charity Swim, which takes place on Saturday 8th July this year.
What better way to explore this the Kintyre peninsual, a wildly beautiful and undiscovered part of Argyll, than on foot? Stretching 100 miles from Tarbert in the north to Machrihanish in the south, the Kintyre Way is one of Scotland’s top long distance routes. Here are six reasons why you should give the Kintyre Way a go!
A bothy is a simple shelter or mountain refuge offering a great alternative to camping. Cowal, Mid Argyll, Islay, Jura, Mull and Lorn all have at least one bothy each. Cowal has two, including a new bothy located in Glen Kinglas named Abyssinia.
Kintyre is a surfing gem, providing waves for all abilities. A narrow window between the north tip of Ireland and the southern point of Islay allows Atlantic swell through to hit the west coast. From Machrihanish to Glenbarr, beautiful beaches convert the swell into waves fit for beginner and expert alike.
Bagging each of Scotland’s 282 Munros is perhaps the greatest physical challenge the country has to offer. But there are other ‘bagging’ experiences that require a bit less effort! The MacPhies of Colonsay and Oronsay are the perfect example.