A comparatively relaxed day of walking over undulating fround on quiet country lanes and fine sandy beaches with spectacular views from Cambeltown to reach Southend.
Today's route follows a minor road around the soutern end of the Kintyre Peninsula with a few steady climbs you'll gain great views to the islands of Davaar and Sanda. On a very clear day you may see all the way to the north coast of Ireland. At Polliwilline Bay there is a lovely coastal section following quiet sandy beaches with a little rock hopping involved. The final stretch leads inland following small roads and farm tracks until before reaching Southend.
If you have time in Campbeltown you might like to visit one of the distilleries detailed below - Springbank or Glen Scotia.
Although you're following a road for much of the day it's very quiet, however do always walk on the right-hand side and give way to any oncoming traffic.
The coastal section may be affected by rough seas or high tide, if this is the case then stay as close to the grass as you can and take care on slippery rocks.
Tips, hints and links
Points of interest
Glen Scotia Distillery
One of Campbeltown's distilleries, located in the town centre Glen Scotia is worth a visit if you have time. Check out their website and book a tour if you think you'll have time to sop in enroute. You can als call them on +44 (0) 1586 552 288. The Campbeltown area has been a site of distilling since 1636, from here the tradition developed in complexity and grew with many illicit distilling operations on the Kintyre Peninsula throughout the 18th and 19th centuraries.
Another of Campbeltown's distilleries Springbank distillery is also located in the heart of the town. Owned and run by the Mitchell family for 5 generations the family moved here to the area in the 1660s and began distilling shortly after. Onsight they now run a variety of tours that you can book online or call +44 (0) 1586 551 710 book if you have time to visit enroute.
Cross the long causeway that links Davaar Island to the mainland at low tides and explore a number of sea caves including one with a famous crucifixion painting by a local artist back in 1887, and then follow a track to the lighthouse at the northern most point. This walk is only possible at low tide - tide times can be checked at the Tourist Information +44 (0) 1586 552056)
at the Pier in Campbeltown, allow plenty of time to return as the tide comes in fast and completely submerges the causeway.
Food & Drink
You can stock up with plenty and food an water for the day ahead at one of the many stores and cafes in Campbeltown. Make sure you have enough with you as there is nowhere to eat enroute until reaching Southend, which has a tearoom and shop.
A sturd pair of walking shoes are adequate for this route if you don't wish to wear hiking boots. Along with your usual kit for a day walking in the elements make sure you pack an extra layer, a wind/waterproof in case the weather closes in, suncream and midge repellent spray!