Why you need to try the Kintyre Way!
The Kintyre peninsula feels like another world. And what better way to explore this 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!
1. Glorious contrasts. The Kintyre Way criss-crosses the Kintyre peninsula, connecting communities and landscapes, people and produce. From the west coast with its deserted, sandy beaches pounded by Atlantic breakers to the gentler bays of the east coast, you'll be astounded by the diversity and beauty of the landscape as you walk along.
2. Something for everyone. The 100-mile route is broken down into seven sections, providing four to seven days’ worth of walking, depending on your pace. Set yourself a challenge or take it slowly, stopping to enjoy the attractions and sights along the way.
3. Brilliant beaches. Kintyre is renowned for its fabulous beaches and you’ll get to visit plenty –catching glimpses of many more – as you walk the Kintyre Way. See Carradale Bay, a stunning mile-long, south-facing sandy beach; wild and remote Saddell Bay looking out across the Kilbrannan Sound to the Isle of Arran; and Westport Beach, one of Scotland’s top surfing spots.
4. Heaps of heritage. Kintyre has a rich Highland heritage and the area is dotted with fascinating historical sites and ancient ruins, many of which you’ll pass on the Kintyre Way. The first section alone, from Tarbert to Claonaig, takes in Robert the Bruce’s 13th Century Tarbert Castle, Skipness Castle and St Brendan’s Chapel.
5. Wilder ways. This remote and untouched part of Argyll is home to a vast array of wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll have a good chance of spotting some of Scotland’s ‘Big 5’ and more. Look out for seals, otters and basking sharks in the waters and red squirrels and orange-tip butterflies in the woods.
6. Fabulous food. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to great places to eat along the Kintyre Way. Kintyre is a foodie paradise, with a feast of fresh produce from the hills and sea, as well as the famous Mull of Kintyre Cheese.
Find out more about the Kintyre Way and start planning your walking adventure! You might also be interested in the Cowal Way, which can be linked to the Kintyre Way to create one epic route.