Getting prepared will ensure that you get the most out of your walk. From the best clothing to midge repellant - here are our top tips of what to bring - just don't forget your camera!

Clothing

Waterproof Trousers and Jacket

You never know when you will need protection from wind and rain – especially as different parts of the Kintyre Way can experience very different weather systems at the same time.  Packing a waterproof, breathable jacket and over-trousers is recommended on all but the clearest of forecasts.

Base layer

This is what you wear against your skin and the best options are breathable and wicking fabrics instead of cotton. They will move moisture away from the skin so that you feel more comfortable when you are walking.

Thick walking socks for warmth

Choosing non-cotton socks that fit well will stop your feet feeling sweaty and reduce the likelihood of blisters.

Walking boots

You should aim for comfortable, waterproof, but lightweight boots that provide sufficient ankle support and good grip on grass, mud and rocks.  Don’t buy new boots just for your trip – if you do, make sure you take the time to break them in on at least two decent walks beforehand.

A weather suitable hat

A good hat will protect you from both the sun, rain and wind.

Gloves and a scarf or neck gaiter

It goes without saying that gloves provide additional protection even in good weather.

Essential travel items

A rucksack or day sack

A rucksack usually offers a larger capacity for a longer trip, whereas a day sack is ideal lightweight alternative for carrying the day’s essentials if you’re not camping.

A dry sack

Although some rucksacks and day sacks offer waterproof compartments, a dry sack will help keep your essentials such as mobile phones safe and dry.

Miscellaneous items

Mobile phones and coverage

Mobile reception throughout Kintyre is very patchy with no network around section seven, Southend to Machrihanish.

Great routes for you to try   see all

Section one – Tarbert to Claonaig

Section one – Tarbert to Claonaig
11 miles · 5 - 8 hours
Walking Running Cycling

Starting at Tarbert’s bustling Harbour and Yacht Haven, the Kintyre Way begins its journey down the east coast of Kintyre, with extensive panoramic views over the island of Arran and countryside.

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Section six – Campbeltown to Dunaverty

Section six – Campbeltown to Dunaverty
16 miles · 7-9 hours
Walking Running Cycling

The penultimate section starts out from Campbeltown and follows the shores of Campbeltown Loch taking you past the sentinel of Davaar Island at the entrance of the Loch.

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Section seven – Southend to Machrihanish

Section seven – Southend to Machrihanish
16 miles · 7-9 hours
Walking Running Cycling

Passing through wild and genuinely remote country where there is little shelter and no mobile phone signal, this section offers amazing views out to sea and across to the Irish coast.

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Section two – Claonaig to Clachan

Section two – Claonaig to Clachan
10 miles · 5-7 hours
Walking Running Cycling

This route breaks out of the forest beside the attractive Loch Ciaran. Known for its birdlife and brown trout, making it popular with anglers. There are good views looking south-west to the high farmstead of Minen.

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