Kintyre Way

A walk from Tarbert to Machrihanish exploring the lesser-known beauty of the Kintyre Peninsula.

7 to 9 nights
100 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Demanding / Strenuous

From £615 per person

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About this route

The full Kintyre Way trail traverses 100 miles of the peninsula's finest landscapes. Setting off from Tarbert in the north, the walk meanders south, weaving from coast to coast and exploring a vast range of terrain in the process.

Although the Kintyre Peninsula is small and less well-known than the mainland, it has a host of attractions on offer to those keen to discover them. Whether you wish you spot rare wildlife off the shoreline, uncover the region's fascinating history, sample authentic Scottish whisky from its famous distilleries or simply marvel at the incredible views, the Kintyre Way showcases everything this incredible location has to offer.

© Contours Walking Holidays Kintyre Way map
Tarbert to Machrihanish
100 miles (160 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Admiring the wonderful views towards Gigha, Jura, Islay and Ireland on a clear day.

Watching the wide variety of wildlife on the peninsula, including otters, basking sharks and eagles.

Walking along the white sands of Machrihanish Beach and breathing in the fresh sea air.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
KINT1 From Tarbert to Machrihanish 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£615
KINT2 From Tarbert to Machrihanish 8 nights, 7 days walking Demanding£695
KINT3 From Tarbert to Machrihanish 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate / Demanding£780

Kintyre Way 7 nights, 6 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Tarbert where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Tarbert to Claonaig(T). 11 miles (17.5km)

Day 2

Claonaig(T) to Tayinloan(L). 19 miles (30.5km)

Day 3

Tayinloan(L) to Carradale. 16 miles (25.5km)

Day 4

Carradale to Campbeltown. 22 miles (35km)

Day 5

Campbeltown to Southend. 15.5 miles (25km)

Day 6

Southend to Machrihanish. 16.5 miles (26.5km)


Depart from Machrihanish after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Carradale)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night is a wonderful way to extend your holiday, whether you spend it exploring, relaxing or simply soaking up the atmosphere.

Carradale has a pretty harbour and wonderful surroundings. Consider an extra night here if you wish to soak up the highland atmosphere and countryside air.

Campbeltown has a range of shops and is home to three distilleries. If you would like to take a tour of one of the distilleries, consider booking in advance and spending an extra night in Campbeltown.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Carradale)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 100 miles (160 km)
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11 miles (17.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 22 miles (35 km)
Code: KINT1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Tarbert
End of holiday: Machrihanish

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick.

By Rail - There are no mainline rail stations in the Kintyre area. The nearest rail stations to Tarbert and Machrihanish are Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central station.

By Bus - Scottish Citylink Buses run from Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station straight to Tarbert.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Glasgow Central.

Return To The Start - To return to the start of the trail, you can take the bus from Machrihanish to Tarbert, however services are few and far between. The easiest way is to catch a taxi from Machrihanish to Tarbert.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Routes on this trail

3 to 5 nights
46 miles
Moderate / Demanding+
From £270 per person
Tarbert to Carradale through the rich farmland and beautiful coastline of Kintyre.Find Out More
4 to 5 nights
54 miles
From £360 per person
Carradale to Machrihanish along the coastline of Kintyre and through its glen and forests.Find Out More

Customer reviews from the Kintyre Way

“Petra and I enjoyed our walking holiday on Kintyre and Cowal very much. The tropical face of the Scottish weather also helped a lot! Great holiday, thank you!”
Mrs Laurijsen, Holland
“Just what we had hoped for”
Mr Brown, USA
“Petra and I enjoyed our walking holiday on Kintyre and Cowal very much. The tropical face of the Scottish weather also helped a lot! Great holiday, thank you!”
Mrs Laurijsen, Holland
“Beautiful walk, nice accommodations, lovely people, everything was well organised. We loved it!”
Ms Dubois, Switzerland
“What a magnificent first experience...scary at first as we are not spring chickens. However, we rose to the challenge and with Benjamin's help we able to slightly amend the lengths of a few legs on the hike. Overall, we fared through it all in excellent shape and fortunately we were well prepared with equipment.”
Ms Smith, Italy
“Great walk, if a little on the tough side. We saw hardly any other walkers so a real escape from it all. Accommodation was top notch. The taxi pick-ups worked like clockwork, even when we were unable to meet at the rendezvous because of a diversion due to forestry work.”
Mr Honeysett, UK
"Campeltown Harbour" by Mary Brown (2017)
"Campeltown Mile Marker" by Mary Brown (2017)
"Looking East from Amod Hill" by Arthur Brown (2017)
"Kintyre West Coast" by Arthur Brown (2017)
"The Road to Southend" by Arthur Brown (2017)
Rainbow over Campeltown Harbour" by Alexandria Zerbe (2017)
"Largiebann Nature Reserve" by Alexandria Zerbe (2017)
"South of Macrihanish" by Alexandria Zerbe (2017)
"Moorland North of Skipness" by Alexandria Zerbe (2017)

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