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Blue posts with the Kintyre Way logoKintyre Way

Argyll and Bute

161 km / 100 miles
More island than mainland, the unexplored Kintyre Peninsula of Argyll and Bute boasts hidden coves, deserted beaches along the wild atlantic coast, tiny fishing communities, and gentle hills.

Launched in late summer 2006 and stretching from Tarbert at the North end of the peninsula to Southend in the South, the waymarked Kintyre Way criss-crosses the peninsula. Information is available on the route's website and this has route details and maps to download and contacts plus accommodation and transport.

The entire walk is 100 miles and most of the trail is on forestry land with the road making up the connections, plus interesting beach sections.

The bulbous end of Kintyre features some of the most spectacular scenery on the peninsula and includes the famous Mull of Kintyre, just off the route but accessible, the nearest Britain gets to Ireland, just 12 miles away. The east coast is gentler than the west, sheltered from Atlantic winds and in parts strikingly beautiful with stunning views across to Arran. The west coast of the Kintyre peninsula ranks among the most exposed stretches of coastline and has a mixture of rocky shoreline and deserted sandy beaches pounded by Atlantic breakers.

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Waymark: Blue posts with the Kintyre Way logo
Path Type: Scotland's Great Trails
Waymark: Blue posts with the Kintyre Way logo
Attributes: Scotland's Great Trails
Start: NR863686 - Tarbert harbour, Argyll and Bute View on StreetMap
Finish: NR638207 - Machrihanish, Argyll and Bute View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2006
Web Sites: Walk Highlands - Scotland's Long Distance Walking Routes Scotland's Great Trails Kintyre Way photo highlights [YouTube video] The Kintyre Way - take a walk on the wild side The Kintyre Way - trip report

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Kintyre Way  (Rucksack Readers  - 2023 )


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Bunk House

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 62, 68, 69
OS Landranger Active 62, 68, 69
OS Explorer 356, 357, 362
OS Explorer Active 356, 357, 362

Walking Support Providers:

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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Contours Holidays)
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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Absolute Escapes Ltd)
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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (C-N-Do Scotland)
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Baggage Handling and Self-Guided Walks (Great British Walks Limited)

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Accommodation within 5 km of this Path:

Bunk House
< 1 km
108 km


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MemoryMap Route File
Tracklogs Route File

Route Profile:

160.2 km (99.5 miles)
3,950 m (12,959 ft) ascent
354 m (1,161 ft)  maximum height

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