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!
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.
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.
Choosing non-cotton socks that fit well will stop your feet feeling sweaty and reduce the likelihood of blisters.
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 good hat will protect you from both the sun, rain and wind.
It goes without saying that gloves provide additional protection even in good weather.
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.
Although some rucksacks and day sacks offer waterproof compartments, a dry sack will help keep your essentials such as mobile phones safe and dry.
Mobile reception throughout Kintyre is very patchy with no network around section seven, Southend to Machrihanish.