Walk the beautiful and unexplored wild Atlantic coast of the Kintyre peninsula with the Kintyre Way. Along 100 miles (161km) you’ll discover hidden coves, deserted beaches, woods and forests, castles, fishing villages and an abundance of wildlife. The route is broken down into seven sections, providing four to seven days’ worth of walking, depending on your pace. There’s a variety of walking terrain, from serious hiking to gentle rambles.
The trail 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, the views of Loch Fyne to the views of Ireland, you’ll be astounded by the diversity and beauty of the landscape as you walk the trail. One of the highights is walking the wild 'Mull of Kintyre'.
Kintyre 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. Other heritage highlights include Dun Skeig Hill Fort, Saddell Abbey, Campbeltown Museum and St. Columba’s Footprints.
This remote and untouched part of Argyll is home to a vast array of wildlife. Look out for seals, otters and basking sharks in the waters and red squirrels and orange-tip butterflies in the woods. The last section will take you through the Scottish Wildlife Trust nature reserve at Largiebaan on the Mull of Kintyre. Along with views to Ireland, you might see wild goats and kestrels, peregrines and barn owls. The Machrihanish Seabird Observatory offers incredible birdwatching opportunities.
There are plenty of places to eat along the Kintyre Way. Tarbert at the beginning of the walk (or the end!) is packed with great cafés and restaurants, many serving up the local seafood. Campbeltown too is home to excellent eateries. There are lots of accommodation options along the route, from country hotels to cosy bed and breakfasts. Many offer facilities aimed at walkers such as drying rooms and packed lunches.
The Kintyre Way route is way-marked by blue posts sporting the Kintyre Way logo. In Tarbert, Clachan and Campbeltown vinyl stickers are placed on lamp-posts to guide walkers. Look out for the mile marks which are found throughout the route. You’ll also find seating made with local materials positioned at various viewpoints along the way – perfect for taking a breather!
You might also be interested in the Cowal Way, which can be linked to the Kintyre Way to create one epic route.