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The Paps of Jura

Clachan to Tayinloan

9 miles | 5-7 hours

Suitable for walking, running and cycling (cyclists are advised to stay on the A83 as much of the shoreline is pebbles)


Now on the West coast, the Kintyre Way follows the shores of the wild Atlantic, offering visitors fantastic views over to Islay, Jura and Gigha. The walking on this section is predominantly on the shore with the sea only a few steps away. 

Tayinloan has a small selection of excellent accommodation and a well-stocked village shop for topping up on rations.

Your route in more detail

Clachan is the site of an old church, which was the principal church for the North Kintyre area. The church is surrounded by carved stone statues of the Chiefs of the Clan Alasdair. Another group of standing stones (the tallest of which is 11 feet), and a burial cist, are found to the south of Clachan, near Ballochroy Farm.

From the junction of the north-easterly side road into Clachan, pick up the footpath beside the A83. Note the date on the bridge wall (1905) passing the next intersection. The path climbs, with views across West Loch Tarbert to the Paps of Jura. After a mile from Clachan, turn right to Ronachan House. The low-lying island of Gigha comes into view to the southwest.

Follow the driveway for about 110 yards then turn right along a path beside the stream. As it descends, cross two small footbridges then continue on a path through bracken along the field edge. At the end of the field, cross the driveway Ronachan House is to the right behind you. There is a bridge then the path takes you through a field. The shore and a farm track are to your right. There are good views of the islands of Gigha, Islay and Jura. The track bends left past South Lodge up to the main road.

Turn right briefly to reach Seal Point car park, cross it and continue along the waymarked path parallel to the shore. Note the sizeable grassy hummock on your right, containing the oval outline of an Iron Age fort. The Kintyre Way continues parallel to the shore. After a few hundred yards it drops down to the beach. Walk along the shingle for about 100 yards then return to the path.

After about half a mile, on your left looking back, the large mound of stones on a crest is the prehistoric Correchrevie burial cairn, the largest of its kind in Kintyre. 

Continue along the shingle and bypass an old caravan via the shingle, then follow a path to a tiny beach. At its far end, climb a steep bank to the verge. After about 215 yards, cross the A83 with care and continue to join a narrow pavement for a short distance. There is a gap in the wall and a waymarker post. Turn in, bear right and go up through the woodland.

Near the end of the woodland you come to a small timber shelter and picnic table. After a well-earned break, go through a gate to a farm track, turn to the left, follow the track up, turning to the right. After about 25 yards, with farm buildings ahead, bear right to cross a field, aiming for a blue waymarker. Go through a kissing gate. Follow the waymarked path through the bracken. 

The path descends into a field, most probably with inquisitive sheep, and continues along the field edge. Cross the field. You can see two houses ahead. Go through a small gate and turn right. Shortly after, go left across an old bridge over Ballochroy Burn. Follow the path turning right at the end. A short stretch of track takes you back to the A83. A waymarker post marks the start of the path back on the shoreside.

Descend slightly to follow a path parallel to the shore through open woodland. Soft underfoot in places, it leads to the north-eastern end of a beach. A track leads down to the shingle beach, often challenging the walkers and perhaps slowing your pace. Follow the beach close to the water’s edge. Depending on the tide, you may need to wade the stream or detour slightly inland.

A nearby closed fish farm is soon behind you as you continue along the shingle beach. Follow the shoreline, staying on the seaward side of an old fence, to the survey pillar at Rhunahaorine. The magnificent view includes Gigha and the coast in both directions. Please avoid walking out to the point during late March to June because terns nest here. 

Cross grassy ground to a fence parallel to the shore. At this point, the path is in the field, with the fence on your right. Soon you reach a brick-built World War Two lookout, a useful shelter in wetter weather. Walk along the beach, soon passing a holiday park. Cross a low-lying point then a small stream close to the sea.

Continue on the sand or, during high tide, the partly grassed verge. Negotiate two more small streams to reach another low-lying point. The Ferry terminal for Gigha and Ferry Farm are now in view (B&B and cafe). Follow the raised path in front of the farm buildings. Go through the gate and turn left. Here you’ll find a Kintyre Way information board and public toilets. To reach the small village of Tayinloan, follow the road half a mile inland to a T-junction and turn right. 

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