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Kintyre Way
Sandra Bardwell   Jacquetta Megarry  
19 March 2018
UK price £12.99
74pp, 145 x 220mm, 212g

Kintyre Way

(3rd ed)


Sandra Bardwell Jacquetta Megarry

"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 100 miles (161 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 all-new third edition covers the recent major route extension and many other changes. The book includes large-scale mapping by Footprint, and has over 20 new photographs. Our online route map is 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 on this peaceful peninsula.


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 2018 based on recent fieldwork
  • 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 90 photographs
  • 14 pages with mapping showing the route (1:65,000)
  • rainproof paper throughout.
Look inside

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Part 1 (Extract)
2.5 Habitats and wildlife
3.5 Carradale to Campbeltown
  • Red squirrel with nesting material

    © Chris Sharratt

  • Island Davaar, from the Kintyre Way


  • East over Saddell Bay, from the Kintyre Way

    © VisitScotland

  • Campbeltown harbour, Kintyre

    © VisitScotland

  • Gannet hunting for fish

    © Charlie Phillips

  • North from the Kintyre Way above Tarbert

    © Sandra Bardwell

Red squirrel with nesting material

© Chris Sharratt


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 guidebook to the Kintyre Way.

Route updates

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

For example, as of July 2021 felling operations (expected to last until Spring 2022) meant that the main high-level Way was not passable and walkers must use the alternative route that descends to Saddell Abbet and climbs to rejoin the route south of Saddell Glen. This is shown on our map page 51 and described on pages 50-53.

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