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.
|Tarmac minor road, loose gravel forest track, and grassy / earthy moorland and unsurfaced path. Short, gentle gradients with gates, stiles, bridges and public road crossing.||
|Start / End grid reference NR874560 NR766561||Ascent
|Eider ducks just offshore, Gruffalo and stunning Peacock butterflies||Get wild!|
|The ancient Atlantic Oakwoods at Claonaig, Lohan Fraoich||Discover|
|Overcast throughout the day. Outlook: Light rain tomorrow, with high temperatures rising to 19°C next Sunday.||
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From the ferry slipway at Claonaig, the Kintyre Way follows the B8001 uphill to a junction with the B842 to Carradale. The route then takes the B842 south for 1.7km to a small car park at Claonaig Oakwood. Here the route leaves the road, steadily climbing through plantations of young trees with steadily improving views across to Arran. Looking back you may see the Arran ferry crossing the Kilbrannan Sound.
The path reaches a high point, 220m, at Lochan Fraoich (heather lochan) and then enters the large Achaglass Forest (Green Field Forest). This section it is still a demanding walk and outdoor footwear and clothing are essential.
As the track begins to head away from the loch it branches off to the left and enters a field which borders the Allt Mor burn. There are often stock in these fields, so please keep dogs under close control. The route follows the steam down to the village of Clachan where there is a small shop at the petrol station and a regular back service back to Tarbert. There is currently no campsite here but there are a selection of B&B’s to choose from in the village.
A little way west of Clachan is the impressive Dun Skeig hill fort. The fort has three separate structures, the central stronghold shows signs of ‘vitrification’ in which stones were fused together by fire. Outside the fort are rocks with primitive ‘cup’ markings, again a feature of the Kintyre and Argyll area.