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.
|Wide grassy and earthy footpath, loosely gravelled forestry track and smooth tarmac on the minor roads. Long, moderate gradients, with gates, bridges and public road crossings.||
5 - 8 hours
|Start / End grid reference NR864686 NR874560||Ascent
|This section offers a wide selection of coastal flowers.||Plants|
|See seals, otters, basking sharks, red squirrels, grouse, hen harriers, and orange tip butterflies.||Animals|
|Discover Robert the Bruce’s 13th Century Tarbert Castle, Skipness Castle, the rock formation between Skipness and Claonaig, and St Brendan’s Chapel.||Discover|
|Rain until tomorrow morning. Outlook: Light rain throughout the week, with temperatures falling to 14°C on Sunday.||
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This first section takes you from the busy and picturesque fishing port of Tarbert across to the village of Skipness and the ferry terminal of Claonaig.The terrain is very varied, ranging from hillside paths to moorland and forest trails all framed by the stunning backdrop of glorious Loch Fyne.
Tarbert is a very attractive harbour village with accommodation, shops and other facilities. The route starts by climbing to the ruin of the 13th century Tarbert castle and then continues to climb, entering mixed forestry before leveling out to cross a plateau with superb views across the Kilbrannan Sound to Arran.
There is a long descent into the small village of Skipness where there is a village shop offering basic supplies. From the village a quiet single track road winds through fascinating rock formations to the Claonaig ferry slip where the ferry departs for Arran (April to October).