An undulating route crossing the Kintyre Peninsula from west to east along steadily climbing forestry roads and well established tracks.
Today's route begins with a short coastal section across the sandy shore at Tayinloan before ascending through open countryside and forestry to Deucheran Hill Wind Farm. The latter part of the walkof the route descends to the open glen at Brackley then up over another forested hill with good views over to Arran and down upon Carradale - the end point of this route.
The hilltop with views over to Arran makes for a good picnic spot on a sunny day!
The start of this route follows the main road for approximately 1km. There is no pavement here so please take care and walk on the right-hand side of the road facing any oncoming vehicles - take to the grass verge whenever possible.
When passing through the forest on tracks remember that large vehicles may be using them at times so always find a safe spot to give way and let them pass with plenty of room.
Tips and hints
Points of interest
Isle of Gigha
From Taylinloan there are great views of Gigha and there's the possibiltity of taking a boat trip to the island from the village pier. 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
There is a Post Office and Store in Tayinloan then nothing until you reach Carradale so make sure to stock up on provisions before leaving Tayinloan. Make sure to bring plenty of food and water with you for the day. On reaching Carradale you'll find it has a Paterson's Bakery and a Post Office along with a couple of hotels serving food - the Carradale Hotel and Ashbank Hotel.
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.