The Kintyre Way

Printed book £10.99

Sandra Bardwell and Jacquetta Megarry

The Kintyre Way is a fully waymarked trail that criss-crosses the Kintyre peninsula, until 2014 running for 87 miles (140 km) from Tarbert to Dunaverty Bay, near the Mull of Kintyre. In 2015 a raft of route changes were announced: it was extended to 100 miles (161 km); a new partly coastal section was created to run from Campbeltown to Southend; the new terminus of the route became Machrihanish, reached after walking a former route section in reverse; and walkers are advised to use the bus to return to Campbeltown for onward travel. For details of these route changes, please visit this page.

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 has been fully updated for 2011 and contains all you need to plan and enjoy your holiday on the Kintyre Way:

  • the Kintyre Way step-by-step, with summaries of 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.

For more information, click to Look inside "The Kintyre Way, read Reviews or view a Gallery.

Route updates (all included in 2nd ed):

  • since July 2009 the Kintyre Way goes off-road south of Clachan, through the grounds of Ronachan House hospital: view updated map.
  • since September 2009 the Kintyre Way route has changed near Carradale: view updated map.
  • our new edition covers the major route change from Torrisdale to Ifferdale, which will be live from about 10 September 2011; before then, please follow existing waymarkers on the ground.

For more, please use the buttons at far right: click to Look inside the book, view a Gallery or read its Reviews. View its Route map, visit our Kintyre Way forum or follow our Kintyre Way links.

Click for details of Kintyre Way walking holiday providers. For more general links, including bodies that care for castles, churches and ancient monuments, visit Outdoors in Scotland.

The Kintyre Way cover

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:

View companion maps »

Look inside

“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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