Kintyre Way

Kintyre Way

A self-guided walking holiday around the Kintyre Peninsula from Tarbert to Machrihanish.

3 to 9 nights
48-102 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Strenuous

From £355 per person

Find your holiday

About the trail

The remote Kintyre Peninsula has all the usual Highland ingredients – magnificent scenery, abundant wildlife, and a wealth of history and famous whisky distilleries – with the added attraction of being one of the least-explored corners of Scotland.

The Kintyre Way winds through heather moorland, tranquil glens, deserted beaches and sparkling lochs, and the views from the trail are breath-taking. From the west coast you’ll spot the islands of Jura, Islay, Cara, Gigha and Ireland itself, while the east coast showcases the superb heights of Arran’s craggy mountains. Grey seals bask on inshore rocks, and over 400 species of birds have been recorded on the peninsula, including cormorants and golden eagles.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Choose your route

  • Kintyre Way
  • Kintyre Way - South Section
  • Kintyre Way - North Section

About this route

4 to 5 nights
55 miles
Demanding to Demanding / Strenuous
1st April to 31st October

From £470 per person

Kintyre Way - South Section

The South Section of the Kintyre Way starts in the pretty village of Caradale on the East coast of Kintyre. It continues through a variety of beautiful scenery to Dunaverty in the south and up around to Machrihanish on the west coast. Lussa Loch, famed for its trout fishing, lies on the route, and so does Campbeltown – once home to 34 distilleries, although now only three remain.

A quiet, single track walk departs for Leerside, offering glorious views to Arran, Ireland, and the Ayrshire coast. The haunting ruins of Dunaverty Castle overlook the tranquil bay. The final leg of the walk strikes out initially through lush farmland, but soon ascends to remote wilderness through a nature reserve and moorland: a very Highlands end to this Scottish walking holiday.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
KINTS1 From Carradale to Machrihanish(L) 4 nights, 3 days walking Demanding / Strenuous £470
KINTS2 From Carradale to Machrihanish(L) 5 nights, 4 days walking Demanding £585

Kintyre Way - South Section 4 nights, 3 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Travel to Carradale where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Carradale to Campbeltown. 22 miles (35km)

Day 2

Campbeltown to Southend(L). 16 miles (25.5km)

Day 3

Southend(L) to Machrihanish(L). 16.5 miles (26.5km)


Depart from Machrihanish(L) 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 in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

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
£65.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
© Contours Walking Holidays Kintyre Way - South Section map
Carradale to Machrihanish
55 miles (87 km)
1st April to 31st October

Holiday highlights

Sampling a dram of fine Scottish Whisky at one of the oldest independent distilleries in Scotland: Springbank.

Taking in the finest landscapes of the Kintyre Peninsula, including hills, glens, forests and coastlines.

Relaxing at the walk’s end in Machrihanish, a town best known for its gold, as well as its magnificent beaches and beautiful views.

What's included?

  • 4 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)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 54.5 miles (87 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 16 miles (25.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 22 miles (35 km)
Code: KINTS1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 1st April - 31st October
Start of holiday: Carradale
End of holiday: Machrihanish(L)

Route Profile

Kintyre Way - South Section Route Profile

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 Carradale and Machrihanish are Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central station.

By Bus

Buses run from Glasgow to Campbeltown. From here, buses run to Carradale (Monday to Saturday only, so a taxi would be required on a Sunday).

From London

Trains run from London Euston station to Glasgow Central.

Return to Start

To return to the start of the trail, the easiest way is to take a taxi from Machrihanish to Carradale.

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.