Safety informationA 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.
Tips and hints
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.
EquipmentA 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!
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.