The Kintyre Way

Printed book £10.99

Sandra Bardwell and Jacquetta Megarry

The Kintyre Way is a fully waymarked trail through the Kintyre peninsula, starting from Tarbert in the north, criss-crossing the peninsula to end at Machrihanish. In 2015 major route changes were announced: the Way is extended from 87 to 100 miles (161 km); a new partly coastal section runs clockwise from Campbeltown to Southend; and the Way continues clockwise to Machrihanish, which became the new terminus of the route.

For details of these route changes, please download our new guidebook pages 51-62 here (2 meg). They cover the entire new route from Campbeltown to Machrihanish via Southend, with new mapping by Footprint, and include fresh photographs. We are grateful to Amanda MacDonald of Absolute Escapes for providing material after walking the new sections.

Please also consult our online route map which is by far the most accurate resource available: zoom repeatedly for incredible detail.

Famous as Scotland only ‘mainland island’, Kintyre has rugged coastlines facing west to the Atlantic and east to the Firth of Clyde. You walk past castles, abbeys and prehistoric remains, along beaches, moorland and high on forestry tracks with glorious views over Arran and towards Ireland. You will enjoy many wildlife sightings in this peaceful peninsula.

The second edition of this essential trail guide was last fully updated in 2011 for various route changes. The book contains all you need to plan and enjoy your holiday on the Kintyre Way:

  • detailed description of the route from north to south
  • summaries of each section, with distance, terrain and refreshment stops
  • habitats and wildlife
  • whisky-making in Kintyre
  • side-trip to the Isle of Gigha
  • planning information for travel by car, ferry, bus and plane
  • in full colour, with 70 photographs
  • drop-down map showing the whole Kintyre Way (1:110,000)
  • water-resistant paper throughout.

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Book data

  • The Kintyre Way
  • Sandra Bardwell and Jacquetta Megarry
  • 1 September 2011 (2nd ed)
  • UK price £10.99
  • 64pp+4pp map flap
  • 145x210 mm
  • ISBN: 978-1-898481-45-4

Companion maps

Our guidebooks include small-scale maps as a dropdown flap. On some itineraries a good map may be vital for safety, and some walkers prefer always to carry detailed maps. Here is our list of recommended maps:

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“The book evokes many memories, for I've lived in these parts all my life, and they beckon me back.”

Margaret Johnson of Lochgilphead

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