A long walk taking in all Kintyre has to offer; coastline, moorland, forest, lochs and country lanes.
The Kintyre Way commences at the picturesque harbour of Tarbert. Climbing out of Tarbert, passing the castle, and then through forestry and open moorland with views over the sea. The descent to Skipness passes through old oak and birch woodland, with stunning views over to Arran. Following a short section of road walking the route climbs across open moorland before descending through forestry plantations. Several lochs are passed before the route reaches the small, attractive village of Clachan.
It would be a good idea to stock up on supplies in Tarbert as there are very limited options for shops until you reach Campbeltown.
This route covers forestry tracks used by heavy vehicles to always take to the verge to let them pass. It also crosses a lot of land with little to no phone signal so do take extra care when moving in more remote areas, especially around the moorland as you're very exposed to the elements on these sections.
Tips, hints and links
Points of interest
Tarbert Castle was a strategic royal stronghold during the Middle Ages and one of three castles at Tarbert. The castle overlooks the harbour and although pre 14th century in construction, the tower dates back to 1494 and the visit of James IV to the Western Highlands. With its surrounding hertiage park including views over the harbour and loch Fyne there are great photographic opportunities wherever you look.
The Isle of Arran is the largest in the Firth of Clyde at 432 square kilometres. The island boasts a brewery, two distilleries, fine local cuisine (especially the seafood), many picturesque villages, a spectacular coastline and dramatic landscape. Perfect for walking, cycling or enjoying the clear waters. There are daily sailings from Cloanaig to Lochranza.
Food & Drink
There are a few small shops and cafes in Tarbert, a small store in Skipness then nothing until you reach Clachan's service/gas station.
A sturdy pair of hiking boots, along with your usual kit for a day walking in the elements are essential. Make sure you pack an extra layer, a wind/waterproof in case the weather closes in, suncream and midge repellant spray just incase!