Kintyre Way - North Section

Kintyre Way - North Section

Tarbert to Carradale through the rich farmland and beautiful coastline of Kintyre.

3 to 5 nights
48 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Strenuous

From £315 per person

Discover the available tours

About this route

Weave between Scottish fishing villages as you explore the stunning landscape of northern Kintyre Peninsula on this short walking holiday option. Forests and open moorland line the inland sections of the trail, where you’ll uncover the standing stones of Clachan.

The coastline pathways then offer vast views over the surrounding islands and dip to the stone-walled harbours of local fishing villages, such as Tarbert. Backed by lush forest and looking out over the sandy expanse of its bay, Carradale offers a peaceful final stop on this varied walking holiday.

© Contours Walking Holidays Kintyre Way - North Section map
Tarbert to Carradale
48 miles (76 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Watching the fishing vessels in the harbours at Tarbert and Carradale.

Enjoying the superb views of many islands, including Jura, Islay and Gigha.

Walking through a variety of landscapes, from rich farmland and rocky coastline to dense forests.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
KINTN1 From Tarbert to Carradale 3 nights, 2 days walking Strenuous£315
KINTN2 From Tarbert to Carradale 4 nights, 3 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£420
KINTN3 From Tarbert to Carradale 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate / Demanding£525

Kintyre Way - North Section 3 nights, 2 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 Clachan(L). 21.5 miles (34.5km)

Day 2

Clachan(L) to Carradale. 26 miles (41.5km)


Depart from Carradale 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
£50.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Carradale)
£65.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 3 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.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Carradale)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 47.5 miles (76 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 21.5 miles (34.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 26 miles (41.5 km)
Code: KINTN1 Grade: Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Tarbert
End of holiday: Carradale

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 Carradale are Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central station.

By Bus - Buses run from Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station to Tarbert. From Carradale, a bus runs to Campbeltown (Monday to Saturday only, so a taxi would be required on a Sunday). From here, buses run to Glasgow.

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

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a taxi from Carradale 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

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Moderate / Demanding+
From £615 per person
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