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. Launched in the summer of 2006, the Kintyre Way is classified as one of Scotland’s Great Trails.
The waymarked route meanders 100 miles along the length of the Kintyre peninsula, connecting several villages and incorporating many popular visitor attractions. 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'.
Not only does it offer locals and visitors spectacular scenery, fantastic opportunities for outdoor exercise and some of the best wildlife watching in Scotland, it also brings a range of health and wellbeing benefits for walkers, runners and cyclists.
What will I see?
It’s ideal for those looking for a long-distance adventure and for those who simply want a fun day trip on one of the seven sections. 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.
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!
The entire route is managed and maintained by The Kintyre Way, a Scottish charitable incorporated organisation (SCIO) whose mission is to ensure its long-term stewardship.
You might also be interested in the Loch Lomond & Cowal Way, which can be linked to the Kintyre Way to create one epic route.