This section is a good days walking and takes you southwards through hugely varied countryside. From the superb rocky coastline at Waterfoot through pastureland and forest tracks right down past Saddell and then onto Lussa Loch, Campbeltown and Machrihanish. This section provides walkers with a snapshot of everything that Kintyre has to offer.

Gravel footpath, rocky and sometimes rough forest road and tarmac minor roads. Long and short gentle slopes, with gates, bridges and public road crossings. 22 miles
7-10 hours
   
Start / End grid reference NR800381 NR719205 Ascent
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Bluebells at Sally’s Walk in Spring and one mile of golden sand at Carradale Bay. Plants
  
Wild goats on Carradale Point and Cuckoos at the Lussa Loch Animals
  
The ruined 12th century, Saddell Abbey and grave slabs, Campbeltown Heritage centre, Campbeltown Museum, Davaar Island Cave Painting Enjoy
  
Light rain tomorrow afternoon. Outlook: Mixed precipitation today through Monday, with temperatures falling to 5°C on Friday. 4°C
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Variety is the key ingredient on this section of the Kintyre Way and starting at Carradale  through beautiful woodland paths you will carry on around the rocky coastline to Torrisdale and then over to the neighbouring Saddell Glen by way of forest tracks with wonderful views out to sea. From Saddell, forestry tracks take you across to the top of Lussa Loch, it is easy walking on good surfaces and following the west shore of the Loch you will head southwards towards Campbeltown.

Campbeltown is the largest town in Kintyre, with a population of around 6,000, and is accordingly well supplied with shops, accommodation, a swimming pool and other facilities. At the pier head is the lovely old Campbeltown Cross, originally erected in Kilkivan in about 1380. It was moved to Campbeltown in 1609 when the town became a burgh and was used as a market cross. There is a very good local history museum, with outstanding examples of Neolithic pottery, and also a Heritage Centre in an old church.

Campbeltown has long been famous as a centre for whisky making and at one time had no fewer than thirty four distilleries.  Davaar Island lies within Campbeltown Loch and  is linked  to the shore at low tide by a natural shingle causeway called the Doirlinn (Isthmus). In a cave on the island is a painting of the Crucifixion carried out by Archibald MacKinnon in 1887.

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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 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 four – Tayinloan to Carradale

Section four – Tayinloan to Carradale
16 miles · 6-9 hours
Walking Running Cycling

This part of the Kintyre Way is a very varied and satisfying walk which even takes you through the Deucheran Wind Farm letting you see the turbines working.

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Section three – Clachan to Tayinloan

Section three – Clachan to Tayinloan
9 miles · 5-7 hours
Walking Running Cycling

This section takes you right along the shores of the Atlantic on Kintyre’s west coast with fantastic views across to Islay, Jura and Gigha. The walking here is predominately coastal with the sea only a few steps away.

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