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Kintyre Way - 9 Days & 8 Nights

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  • Enjoy the bracing sea air from the white sands of Machrihanish Beach
  • Feast on world renowned fresh-that-day seafood
  • Sample the whisky from Campbeltown’s famous distilleries
  • Meet the friendly locals who take life at an islander-like pace
  • Spot otters, seals, golden eagles and a wealth of sea birds
The week long itinerary starts off with shorter days to get the legs going and becomes progressively more challenging. The remote Kintyre peninsula on the West Coast of Scotland is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. What better way to discover the ruined castles, rich wildlife, fabulous local seafood, welcoming hotels and magnificent scenery than on foot. The Kintyre Way stretches the length of the peninsula, which feels more island than mainland. This 160 km / 100 mile self-guided walking holiday allows you to explore the quiet and hidden places of Argyll, small local fishing villages, see the crashing Atlantic waves and rich wildlife (including otters, seals, seabirds and perhaps a basking shark) of the Kintyre Peninsula. Every holiday we offer features hand-picked overnight accommodation in high quality B&B’s, country inns, and guesthouses. Each is unique and offers a warm welcome, atmosphere and local cuisine. We include daily door to door baggage transfers, a pre-departure information pack and access to GPX tracks and detailed mapping with our Macs Adventure smartphone app, as well as 24/7 emergency support, should you need it.
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What To Expect

Getting out onto the Kintyre Peninsula is a great experience and one which you will not find anywhere else in Britain. Rugged coastline, views over Islay and Jura and seafood to die for all make this relatively new long distance walk a classic in the making.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Wine, Whisky & More..., Wildlife, Coastal & Island

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 12 Years

Grade & Terrain

The terrain underfoot varies from tarmac roads to trackless moorland, forest and farm roads, specially constructed paths, rocky shores and sandy beaches. The paths and tracks are mainly well drained, and the main boggy sections, depending on the season and recent weather, are likely to be between Claonaig and Clachan, and at various places between Machrihanish and Dunaverty.

Navigation

The Kintyre Way is a National Trail and is fully way marked and easy to follow. A detailed information pack, and access to GPX tracks and detailed mapping via the Macs Adventure smartphone app (including print outs) is provided. The route on the Kintyre Way after Campbeltown was changed in early 2018 by the authority that manages the trail in an attempt to minimise road walking and include more coastal landscapes. If you have a guidebook you plan on using do make sure it refers to the current route. We have already updated our route notes to match the newly way-marked route.

Accommodation Information

One of the highlights of this walking holiday is the high standard of the accommodation you will enjoy. The hotels, inns, guesthouses and B&B’s we use are hand-picked to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. All offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We do recommend that you book this trip early as the area is always popular and the hotels and inns do fill up early, especially in high season. You will find descriptions, photos and weblinks to a selection of the accommodation below.

Single Rooms

This independent walking holiday is not available to solo walkers but if you require single rooms within your party we will of course try to accommodate your request subject to availability.

Meals

Breakfast is included each morning while lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Your accommodation will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival, alternatively your guidebook also includes details of local shops and convenient lunch stops on the way. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants and your info pack will of course have recommendations.

Included
  • Overnight in hand-picked B&B's, guesthouses and small hotels
  • Baggage transfer
  • Access to route notes, detailed maps, and GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route

When To Go

This tour is offered from March to October. The best time of year to visit Scotland is from early-April to late-September when the weather is best, most attractions are open and the days are long. Ferries operate less frequently in winter and arrival days may be different so please check summer and winter timetables to check what suits you best. The weather is very unpredictable all year, so it's best to be prepared for wind, rain, cold, warmth and sunshine! Conditions (and forecasts) can vary substantially from one day to the next, so do anticipate a variety of weathers, and embrace them as the Scots do (with a good waterproof and windproof jacket on).

Getting to the Start

Tarbert is 95 miles by road from Glasgow in Argyll and Bute. By car the journey from Glasgow takes 2.5 hours and parking is available in the village. The village is served by a regular Citylink Bus services from Glasgow to Campbeltown.

Getting from the End

From the end of the walk at Southend take a taxi or local Bus (Operated by West Coast Motors) to Campbeltown and then the Citylink or West Coast Motors Service back to Tarbert or all the way back to Glasgow.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be collected from your accommodation each day and moved onto your overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascent/ descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Equipment

You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Tarbert and Overnight Day 2 Tarbert to Claonaig, transfer to Tarbert for overnight 12 miles / 19 km Day 3 Transfer to Claonaig, walk to Clachan 10 miles / 16 km Day 4 Clachan to Tayinloan 9.5 miles / 15.5 km Day 5 Tayinloan to Carradale 14.5 miles / 23 km Day 6 Carradale to Lussa Loch/ Campbeltown 15.5 miles / 25 km Day 7 Campbeltown to Southend 16 miles / 25.5 km Day 8 Southend to Machrihanish 17 miles / 27.5 km Day 9 Onward Travel

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