Follow the trail along rocky coastline, deserted foresty tracks and the shores of Loch Lussa before your taxi transfer to Campbeltown or walking on to Campbeltown depending on your itinerary.
Leave the village of Carrdale behind to follow a forest trail to an exciting coastal section of the route before reaching Torrisdale. Explore the grounds of Torrisdale Castle perhaps with a quick stop at Beinn An Tuirc Distillery for a taste of their gin before heading inland to Loch Lussa. The majority of the day follows farm and forestry tracks through conifer plantations as you climb steadily up and over the backbone of the Kintyre Peninsula. Finish up the day's route either by walking the full length of picturesque Loch Lussa to meet your taxi transfer (see accommodation sheet for details) or following the track all the way to the road into Cambeltown depending on your itinerary.
Please note: A section of today's walk follows the coast which, during high tide, may be impassable. Check tide times before heading out then re-check before you reach the coast. There is an alternative route following the main road (please refer to the Turn-By-Turn Directions at 2.7 km).
The Torrisdale Castle grounds and gin distillery are both well worth a visit if you leave early and have time to visit. Find out more in our Points of Interest section below.
A section of today's walk follows the coast which, during high tide, may be impassable. Check tide times before heading out then re-check before you reach the coast. There is an alternative route following the main road (please refer to the Turn-By-Turn Directions).
Tips and hints
Points of interest
Torrisdale Castle Estate
Torrisdale Castle Estate has been in the ownership of the Macalister Hall family since 1872 and over the years has benefited from innovative diversification. A successful self-catering business began in the early 1980’s, started by the current laird’s parents, Donald and Mary Macalister Hall. This business continues to thrive today in the hands of Niall and Emma. Niall has further developed the estate by installing a biomass boiler which efficiently heats the 200 year old castle using estate wood and has installed a 99kw hydro-electric scheme which has significantly boosted the estate’s income.
Beinn An Tuirc Distillery
Kintyre Gin is made at Beinn an Tuirc Distillery which is located in an old farm building on the outskirts of the Torrisdale Castle estate. The gin still is powered by the estate’s hydro electric scheme, giving it unique eco credentials and reflecting the environmentally sustainable philosophy of the estate as a whole. There is a shop and tasting room beside the distillery and tours are available also. Open Tues-Sat, 11am - 4pm.
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.
Food & Drink
There is a small store and Paterson's Bakery in Carradale where you can stock up on supplies. There is nowhere enroute until you reach Campbeltown after your walk.
A sturdy 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!
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.