A coastal day's walking that combines potentially challenging ground along the rocky shores with some easy going road walking.
Leaving Clachan via the Campbeltown to Glasgow main road, you will pass the 14 bedroom stately home of Ronachan House. Follow the shoreline and make your way across shingle beaches and fields of bracken from where you may spot seals basking on the rocks at Ronachan Point. The Isle of Gigha soon comes into view as you continue your way along a mix of road, trail and rocky beaches. On the approach to Tayinloan the last few kilometres take in a long stretch of deserted beach followed by a WWII look-out post. Keep an eye on the water as seals, dolphins and the occasional basking shark can be spotted here on a calm day. If this shorter day of walking leaves you with time to spare in the afternoon the you could round it off with a trip over to Gigha from the ferry pier in Tayinloan.
Gigha is worth a visit for a couple of hours and is only a short crossing if you happen to reach Tayinloan early enough in the day,
A fair section of this route follows the main road from Campbeltown to Glasgow, therefore traffic can be quite fast moving and includes some large vehicles. After the initial 2km the pavement runs out so make sure you take care and walk on the right-hand side of the road towards any oncoming traffic and take to the grass verge when possible.
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Points of interest
Isle of Gigha
Gigha is a low-lying island with an interesting history, unspoiled scenery and a coastline around 30 miles long. It has an abundance of wildlife including seabirds, dolphins, seals and otters. Creag Bhan is the highest point on the island at only 100m (330ft) but offers walkers amazing panoramic views across to Jura, Islay, Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland, the Mull of Kintyre and Arran. Ferries take only 20 minutes to cross the Sound of Gigha and leave regulary throughout the day from Tayinloan pier.
Food & Drink
You can purchase snacks at the service/gas station in Clachan, but from here there is nowhere to stop enroute for further provisions until you reach Tayinloan. There is a cafe at the ferry pier and a store in the centre of the village.
A sturdy pair of walking shoes are adequate for this route if you don't wish to 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, suncram and midge repellent spray!