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Kintyre Way
Sandra Bardwell   Jacquetta Megarry  
25 January 2023
UK price £15.99
80pp, 130 x 220mm, 180g

Kintyre Way

(4th ed)


Sandra Bardwell Jacquetta Megarry

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"The book isn't merely practical, it's beautifully illustrated" - online review at

The Kintyre Way is a fully waymarked trail that criss-crosses the Kintyre peninsula for 101 miles (162 km). Starting from Tarbert in the north, it visits coastal villages and inland lochs, passing through Campbeltown via Southend to its new terminus of Machrihanish. Our 2023 edition covers changes in both route and facilities, and has six extra pages. The book includes large-scale mapping by Footprint, and has many new photos. Our online route map is the most accurate resource available: zoom repeatedly for incredible detail.

Famous as Scotland’s 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, over moorland and climb high on forestry tracks with glorious views over Arran and towards Ireland. You will enjoy many wildlife sightings on this peaceful peninsula.

Our new fourth edition has many updates, improved mapping, remeasured distances and new content. It is in our narrow, pocket-friendly format with rugged perfect binding.


This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy the Kintyre Way:

  • detailed description of the route from north to south
  • summaries of each section, with distance, terrain and refreshment stops
  • fully updated for 2023
  • 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 over 100 photos
  • 13 pages with mapping showing the route (1:65,000)
  • rainproof paper throughout.
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Part 1 (pages 4-13)
2.5 Habitats and wildlife
3.5 Carradale to Campbeltown

Excerpt from a review at

The route is clearly described, lest any marker posts have disappeared, and there are references to features of interest such as archaeological sites along the route. This description, and the photos, will be particularly helpful for newcomers to Kintyre, because they will know what to expect. On the other hand, walkers on the sections Claonaig to Clachan and Machrihanish to Dunaverty should also carry an Ordnance Survey map, because the maps in this book are useful for planning purposes but not for navigation on the ground.

And the book isn’t merely practical. It’s beautifully illustrated with colour photos that will surely tempt strollers and island-hoppers as well as serious hikers to visit Kintyre. The historical background, economic activity and the making of Scotch whisky are all described in clear language that makes it a pleasure to read.

Peter Stott "Stottie", Chesterfield, England

Comment from a Kintyre resident

I am really enjoying “every step” of the Way; it’s an excellent book with so much intricate detail … The photographs are unique, and would make a good Argyll calendar. For me, the book evokes many memories, for I’ve lived in these parts all my life, and they beckon me back.

Mrs M Johnson, Lochgilphead

From a reader in Gig Harbour, Washington

Congratulations on such an informative book. It is a wonderful tribute to the peninsula. It should be a smashing success to say the least. It’s a must before undertaking the walk.

Email from Kenneth McAlpine, Washington, USA

Comment from a customer

The Kintyre Way book I bought recently is marvellous. It brought back such splendid memories of last May and our very successful completion of it. Many thanks.

Mrs A.C. of Churt, Surrey

Bonus content

GPX route file

This 2-minute video illustrates features of our Kintyre Way guidebook (3rd ed): the 4th ed has additional and updated content.

Route updates

To find out whether there are any detours or route changes, we advise you to check this page.

For example, as of September 2022 tree felling operations created detours between Tarbert and Skipness. Read more

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