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Kintyre Way

Kintyre Way ~ 77.5 miles (125 km) ~ 5 days' walking

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The Kintyre Way passes through a variety of landscapes, taking in tiny fishing villages, extensive conifer forests, stretches of fine coastline, open hills and moors. The narrow peninsula means that the sea is never far away, and the superb views take in many islands including the dramatic mountains of Jura and Arran, fertile Islay and Gigha, and even Rathlin Island and the Northern Irish mainland from the southern stages.

The EasyWays Fixed Price Walk begins at Tarbert Harbour, situated on an inlet of Loch Fyne and heads south alongside West Loch Tarbert through Kennacraig to Clachan and Tayinloan. From there the Way crosses the beautiful Kintyre peninsula to Carradale where, from its central spine of higher ground, there are wonderful views to the islands of Gigha and Jura.  As you travel further south, you’ll see the mainland of Northern Ireland in the west and Arran in the east. At Campbeltown, cross over to Machrihanish to make your way round the Mull of Kintyre to Dunaverty.

The Kintyre Way is regarded as a moderate grade but is has sections where some rougher terrain is encountered, particularly between Machrihanish and Dunaverty. There are no steep slopes or severe gradients and most of the climbing is quite gradual but it can be tiring when wet underfoot. The remoteness in the south demands caution in bad weather and calls for basic compass and map reading skills.

Wildlife that can be seen on the Kintyre Way include roe deer, grouse, red squirrels, hen harriers and golden eagles, as well as a wide variety of sea birds. Kintyre is also extremely rich in historic and archaeological remains. Interpretation boards at key points along the route highlight these.

There are lots of ways to tailor your route through the Kintyre peninsula, selecting your overnight stops to suit your preferences, interests and time available. Why not enhance your walk with a visit to the island of Islay or the community-owned island of Gigha? In the south of the peninsula, there are a number of ways to explore the Mull of Kintyre. All these options are described in the “Customise My Walk” section below.

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Kintyre Way ~ 77.5 miles (125 km) ~ 5 days' walking

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Fixed Price - £445 per person

Single supplement - £155


  • 6 nights' accommodation for 2 people sharing in quality B&Bs, guest houses, inns and hotels. Rooms with shower/wc (where available)
  • Breakfast
  • Door to door baggage transfer - maximum 16 kg per bag
  • Rucksack Readers Guide Book
  • Location details for each accommodation
  • Travel information to the start and from the finish of the walk
  • Suggested equipment list
  • Emergency support

Not Included

  • Ferry to Islay or Gigha (optional)
  • Overnight accommodation on Islay or Gigha (optional - EasyWays will be happy to arrange this if you wish)
  • Taxi transfer from Claonaig to Tarbert (optional - EasyWays will be happy to arrange this if you wish)
  • Taxi transfer from Dunaverty to Campbeltown (if required)
  • Evening meals, packed lunches and drinks
  • Travel insurance

Customise My Walk


The official Kintyre Way includes a stage at Claonaig. There is no accommodation in this village, so if you wish to include Claonaig, you may choose to walk the full distance from Tarbert to Clachan via Claonaig in one day, a combined distance of 22 miles / 35 km. Alternatively, we can arrange a taxi transfer for you from Claonaig back to Tarbert with return the following day for the onward walk to Clachan. You can also arrive in Claonaig by ferry from Lochranza on the Island of Arran. If you wish to walk part of the Arran Coastal Way, take the ferry from Lochranza to Claonaig and start the Kintyre Way from there, we can arrange a bespoke package, tailored to your requirements.

Islay Option

EasyWays offers a two night break on the mystic island of Islay, home of 8 working whisky distilleries and some wonderful wildlife with local walks and visitor attractions in abundance. Take the exhilarating ferry crossing from Kennacraig to Port Ellen, the main town on the island, where you will be based, with its lovely harbour and seafood restaurants all within easy access. All distilleries offer a guided tour and whisky sampling experience with Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg located close to Port Ellen on a specially constructed walkway that links all three!

Gigha Option

EasyWays offers an overnight extension on Gigha staying at the Gigha Hotel a short walk from the island ferry terminal. Gigha is the most southerly of the Hebridean Islands, 11.2km / 7 miles long with sandy beaches, clear green seas, a host of wildlife and the 50 acres of Achamore Gardens, first planted in 1945 by Sir James Horlick (founder of the world famous bedtime drink company) and internationally known for its rhododendrons and azaleas.

Return to Campbeltown

You may choose to add a day's walking to cover the 16 miles / 25.5 km from Dunaverty to Campeltown on foot and overnight in Campbeltown. This section follows the minor road around the south eastern end of the Kintyre Peninsula for much of its distance, with views to the offshore islands of Davaar and Sanda. There is a section along the shoreline to Polliwilline Bay, taking in some wonderful sandy beaches. The route is tarmac minor road for much of the way with grassy tracks and paths on the shoreline section. It is also possible to walk round the Mull of Kintyre in a clockwise direction from Campbeltown, to finish in Machrihanish if you prefer.


The table below shows all available stages, with the additional optional stages in brackets and the alternative route to include Claonaig shown in a separate column. You can also choose different types of accommodation, for example bunkhouses or hotels at some stages. You can stay an extra night at any point on the route. If you don’t require overnight stays at the start and end of the walk, simply let us know at the time of booking. Explain any changes you require in the Comments section of the Enquiry Form. We will recalculate the price of your holiday based on the changes you make and will confirm the price before any payment is requested. The final amount you pay may be lower or higher than our Fixed Price, depending on the options you choose.

Stages and DistancesAlternative Route
5.5 miles - 9 km12 miles - 19 km
(Islay 2 nights)10 miles - 16 km
5.5 miles - 9 km9 miles - 14 km
9 miles - 14 km(Visit Gigha)
(Visit Gigha) 15 miles - 24 km
15 miles - 24 km21 miles - 33 km
21 miles - 34 km5.5 miles - 9 km
5.5 miles - 9 km16 miles - 26 km
16 miles - 26 km16 miles - 26 km
16 miles - 26 km
(Campbeltown)* Transfer to accommodation from Claonaig


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