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

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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