Kintyre has been capturing the imagination of visitors for decades, the beauty and freedom of Scotland's only 'mainland island' merges seamlessly with rich wildlife, plenty of activities, and history from Kings and Saints.
It would be easy to keep this wonderful part of Scotland to ourselves, but this special and welcoming place offers too much for just inhabitants to appreciate!
Follow the official Kintyre Trail and follow in the footsteps of Saints & Kings!
The Kintyre Trail is easy to follow with many corners to please the eye, and space to relax and recharge your batteries for the hectic world outside Kintyre. Discover more about Kintyre below or follow the sections of the Kintyre Trail.
On the dramatic Atlantic Seaboard of Scotland's Highlands and Islands, a temperate climate fed by the warmth of the North Atlantic drift makes Kintyre an all year round destination, with a quality of scenery matched by a choice of accommodation to suit all tastes. The food is world renowned, especially locally caught seafood, Campbeltown cheeses, and the beef and lamb produced in the lush farmland coveted by so many invaders. Todays local whisky follows a tradition claimed by some to go back to Saint Columba himself, who it is rumoured, first distilled "The water of life" - Uisge bheatha - here. From being the cradle of Whisky making, Kintyre became its capital too, with a distilling industry growing from a few illicit stills to 34 distilleries producing nearly 2 million gallons of whisky a year. The song "Campbeltown Loch, I wish you were whisky.." was never far from the truth!
Whether you arrive by Road, Ferry or Air, and follow it by Car, Cycle or on foot, the Kintyre Trail will enchant you. When you are long back in the outside world, you will find yourself day-dreaming of the land of Saints and Kings, sunsets and seascapes...
Discover the Kintyre Trail at Tarbert including things to do in the area. More Information >
The second section starts near to the ferry terminal that connects east Kintyre to Arran. Traversing across the landscape to the west coast this section is next on the route. More Information >
The third section is much flatter and follows the pavment and coastline along the west coast of Kintyre to Tayinloan, the location of the ferry service to the Isle of Gigha. More Information >
The fourth section picks up the cross peninsula trail across to Carradale which features a pretty harbour, golf course and delightful sandy beach. More Information >
Departing from Carradale the fifth section meaders through fields and forestry to Kintyre's largest town, Campbeltown which features an extensive fishing harbour, shops, hotels and more. More Information >
The next section follows the road for the majority of the walk to the pretty linear village of Machrihanish famous for many things but most notable modern day for links golf. More Information >
The seventh and final section is possibly the most difficult featuring some very tricky terrain. The section traverses the remote Mull of Kintyre landscape (not near the lighthouse) and finishes at Southend. More Information >