Welcome to the Kintyre WayMore island than mainland, the wonderfully unexplored Kintyre peninsula boasts hidden coves, deserted beaches along the wild Atlantic coast, tiny fishing communities, gentle hills, fabulous local produce and a welcoming friendly people.
Perhaps you've experienced some of it - a walk along Westport beach as the Atlantic surf crashes onto the shore; scallops, maybe, eaten at the water's edge; the sun setting over Jura; a shot of Springbank; otter spotting; a blustery picnic at the ruined thirteenth century chapel which marks the arrival point of St Columba prior to his trip to Iona. Now, with The Kintyre Way, you will be able to explore so much more.
Stretching from Tarbert at the north end of the peninsula, to Dunaverty in the south, the way-marked Kintyre Way criss-crosses the peninsula, connecting communities and landscape, people and produce. 140km (87 miles) long with 4 to 7 days worth of walking, there is serious hiking and gentle rambles, all of which bring home the beautiful reality that is Kintyre.
The Way has been created by the efforts of Argyll and the Islands Enterprise, (now known as Highlands and Island Enterprise), Forestry Commission, Scottish Natural Heritage, local windfarm trusts, local businesses, Leader and Argyll & Bute Council.
The route is waymarked by blue posts with the Kintyre Way logo on them. In Tarbert, Clachan and Campbeltown vinyl stickers are placed on lamp-posts to guide walkers. Look out for the mile marks which are found throughout the route. These are undergoing a redesign so to stand out from normal blue route waymarkers, please bear with us as we roll out the new posts.
2015 Calendar Winning Photograph: -
A stunning photograph of Bellochantuy Beach taken by well known local photographer John McFadyen has been chosen as the winner of the Kintyre Way’s annual Photographic Competition. The photograph was taken on a beautiful sunny day in September and the judges felt it perfectly captured the essence of Kintyre. The photograph will feature on the cover of the 2015 Kintyre Way Calendar which will be available from early next year.
John, who is based in Campbeltown said “The Kintyre Way is an organisation I like to support, I enjoy the walks myself and of course it brings tourists which helps our economy.”
John wins a weekend for two at the luxurious Ugadale Hotel, part of the Village at Machrihanish Dunes golf resort which was named Golf Resort of the Year 2013. His prize also includes a round of golf on the magnificent Machrihanish Dunes 18 hole links course.
Kintyre Way Route Manager Andy Holtby said, “We have had a tremendous response to this year’s competition and I would like to thank everyone for the beautiful photographs which have been submitted, the quality of the entries made judging a very difficult task ”.
The 2014 Kintyre Way Calendars are currently for sale through local stockists and the Kintyre Way website www.kintyreway.com
Check out past winners by going to the side menu - Photograph Competition - sub title Competition Winners
Fundraising for Kintyre Way
With the Christmas season upon us, now is a good time to register with Easyfundraising and nominate Kintyre Way as your chosen charity. Whenever you shop online with a participating retailer, Kintyre Way receives a donation via Easyfundraising - its quick and easy to do, costs you nothing, but Kintyre Way will benefit with every click.
2014 KW CALENDARS ON SALE NOW
£5.99 + p&P. 13 Stunning Images selected from the entries for the 2012 Photograph Competition. Go online to order: Enter Kintyre Way Shop
The Kintyre Trail
This trail takes you around the Kintyre peninsula via roads, ideal for "non-walking" visitors who want to make the most of their visit to Kintyre by car. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy to be sent to you via the post. (Sorry not available in electronic format).
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