scotland’s great trails

The Kintyre Way

the kintyre way – guide

The Kintyre Way is a 100-mile long walk from Tarbert in the north to Machrihanish in the south and is split into seven sections making up the Kintyre Way. The routes vary from public highway and forest track sections to moderate and difficult foreshore and hill walks. The Kintyre Way extends the Kintyre Peninsula from east to west and back again, linking settlements and offering a range of services and facilities, including visitor attractions and transport options.

The seven sections are; Tarbert to Claonaig, Claonaig to Clachan, Clachan to Tayinloan, Tayinloan to Carradale, Carradale to Campbeltown, Campbeltown to Southend and Southend to Machrihanish.

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code is where to find out about your access rights and responsibilities. Remember that this is a working landscape. Follow any special instructions posted along the way and pay attention to safety notices at road crossings and potential hazards. Outdoor footwear and clothing are essential.

Be prepared for sudden and unexpected changes in weather conditions. ALWAYS take a map, GPS, compass, FOOD and WATER with you on the section of the Kintyre Way you are walking. The information given on the website is a guide only. Note – not all sections are suitable for cycling. The Kintyre Way is on Ordnance Survey 1:50 000 Landranger sheets 62 (North Kintyre) and 68 (South Kintyre). For 1:25 000, use OS Explorer 356 and 357. Map of Kintyre Peninsula showing The Kintyre Way.

The Kintyre Way is waymarked by blue posts sporting the Kintyre Way logo. Look out for the mile marks which are found throughout the route. You’ll also find seating made with local materials positioned at various viewpoints along the way. If you come across any issues on your walk please report them, this helps with maintenance and upkeep to the Kintyre Way. Please use the contact page on the site or contact Pathwatch.


In an emergency, dial 999 and be ready to state the problem, location and number of people affected. The operator will connect you to the Police, Ambulance, Mountain Rescue or Coastguard as appropriate.


Find BBC weather forecasts for places on the Kintyre Peninsula. The Met Office also gives results for towns and villages.

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Waymarked blue posts
Waymarked blue posts
Kintyre Way maps
Kintyre Way maps