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.
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.
Featured Walking Holiday
The week long itinerary starts off with shorter days to get the legs going and becomes progressively more challenging. The remote Kintyre peninsula on the West Coast of Scotland is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. What better way to discover the ruined castles, rich wildlife, fabulous local seafood, welcoming hotels and magnificent scenery than on foot.
Scottish walker's to-do list
The Kintyre Way reveals the best views and the best hospitality in the area. The route can easily be broken down into manageable 15-20 mile chunks, and each has its own unique character. Quieter and more peaceful than the more densely populated west highland way, this 100 mile epic is no less spectacular and should be at the top of every Scottish walker's to-do list. Most of it is also great fun on a bike, there are some great climbs and descents and fewer unrideable sections than there are on other more famous long distances rides.
About the author
Simon Fraser is a avid walker from Northumbria and has just returned from his first visit to Kintyre
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