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.

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

About this route

6 to 9 nights
102 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Strenuous
1st April to 31st October

From £705 per person

Kintyre Way

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.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
KINT1 From Tarbert to Machrihanish(L) 6 nights, 5 days walking Strenuous £705
KINT2 From Tarbert to Machrihanish(L) 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding / Strenuous £820
KINT3 From Tarbert to Machrihanish(L) 8 nights, 7 days walking Demanding £935
KINT4 From Tarbert to Machrihanish(L) 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate / Demanding £1040
"Lochan Fraoich" by Sylvia Cunningham (2024) "Lochan Fraoich" by Sylvia Cunningham (2024)
"Descending to Carradale" by Niall Hyndman (2023) "Descending to Carradale" by Niall Hyndman (2023)
"Waterfoot near Carradale" by Niall Hyndman (2023) "Waterfoot near Carradale" by Niall Hyndman (2023)
"Dunaverty Rock" by Niall Hyndman (2023) "Dunaverty Rock" by Niall Hyndman (2023)
"Near Ronachan Point" by Niall Hyndman (2023) "Near Ronachan Point" by Niall Hyndman (2023)
"Waterfoot near Carradale" by Niall Hyndman (2023) "Waterfoot near Carradale" by Niall Hyndman (2023)
"Mixture of Sun and Cloud" by Joshua Dayan (2022) "Mixture of Sun and Cloud" by Joshua Dayan (2022)
"Stoic Post" by Joshua Dayan (2022) "Stoic Post" by Joshua Dayan (2022)
"Sunshine on a Coastal Scene" by Joshua Dayan (2022) "Sunshine on a Coastal Scene" by Joshua Dayan (2022)
"Looking North from a Bridge" by Joshua Dayan (2022) "Looking North from a Bridge" by Joshua Dayan (2022)
"Campeltown Harbour" by Mary Brown (2017) "Campeltown Harbour" by Mary Brown (2017)
"Campeltown Mile Marker" by Mary Brown (2017) "Campeltown Mile Marker" by Mary Brown (2017)
"Looking East from Amod Hill" by Arthur Brown (2017) "Looking East from Amod Hill" by Arthur Brown (2017)
"Kintyre West Coast" by Arthur Brown (2017) "Kintyre West Coast" by Arthur Brown (2017)
"The Road to Southend" by Arthur Brown (2017) "The Road to Southend" by Arthur Brown (2017)
Rainbow over Campeltown Harbour
Rainbow over Campeltown Harbour" by Alexandria Zerbe (2017) Rainbow over Campeltown Harbour" by Alexandria Zerbe (2017)
"Largiebann Nature Reserve" by Alexandria Zerbe (2017) "Largiebann Nature Reserve" by Alexandria Zerbe (2017)
"South of Macrihanish" by Alexandria Zerbe (2017) "South of Macrihanish" by Alexandria Zerbe (2017)
"Moorland North of Skipness" by Alexandria Zerbe (2017) "Moorland North of Skipness" by Alexandria Zerbe (2017)

Customer reviews from the Kintyre Way

“We enjoyed the trip. All of it was excellent.”
Mrs Carnall, UK
“Just what we had hoped for”
Mr Brown, USA
“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
“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
“Took a risk walking in October. A bit wet at times but still enjoyed it. Lovely scenery. Spectacular on final day.”
Dr Hyndman, UK
“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
“Enjoyable challenge. Weather in September good for the most part.”
Dr Hyndman, UK
“Beautiful walk, nice accommodations, lovely people, everything was well organised. We loved it!”
Ms Dubois, Switzerland
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