Take a walk on the wild side!

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.

Featured Event

The Kintyre Way Ultra was first run in 2007, from Tarbert to Campbeltown. Both solo and relay runners took on this massive 67 mile challenge until the introduction of a shorter 35 mile option from Tayinloan


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!

Scottish Outdoor Access Code is the place to find out about your access rights and responsibilities.

Maps and Preparation

Although the route is generally considered as staring in Tarbert in the North to Macrihanish in the south the route can also be walked south to north and is fully waymarked in both directions.


The Kintyre Way is also shown on Ordnance Survey 1:50 000 Landranger sheets 62 (North Kintyre) and 68 (South Kintyre). For 1:25 000 use OS Explorer 356 and 357.

Rucsac Readers Guide Book (Official Guide book) 


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