Tarbert to Campbeltown along the Kintyre Way is one of Scotland’s most scenic long-distance paths. With varied terrain from hill paths and forestry tracks to beaches and seaside rocks, you’ll have stunning scenery with views across the sea to Arran, Islay, Jura and Gigha at various times.
Note: The blue and black Kintyre Way route markers are a good guide, however, there are parts where competitors take slightly different routes, for example, to pass through a check point and where cyclists and runners take different routes, these will be signed (runners white, cyclists pink) and often marshalled.
In addition to the 2 refreshment stops, water will be available at a number of points along the route.
Section 1 Tarbert to Clachan
25 miles, 700m climb
The start is just south of Tarbert at The Isthmus. From there, a short section of the A83 takes you to the Corranbuie turnoff, from where forestry roads and tracks take you across the peninsula, down a steep track to the village of Skipness and along a single track road through fascinating rock formations to the ferry terminal of Claonaig.
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 on a forest road through plantations of young trees.
The path reaches a high point, 220m, at Lochan Fraoich (heather lochan) and then enters the large Achaglass Forest (Green Field Forest). This section leaves the forest road and can be tough going.
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. The route follows the stream down to the village of Clachan where there is a timing point with water.
Section 2 Clachan to Tayinloan
9 miles, 100m climb
The route follows the A83 trunk road all the way from Clachan to Tayinloan. Motor traffic may not be heavy, but is very fast, so take great care. On the downhill approach to Tayinloan, slow down for the
sudden right turn to reach the Village Hall checkpoint with toilets and refreshments. Remember to top up your water supply here!
Section 3 Tayinloan to Carradale
15½ miles, 600m climb
Please be aware that from now on, you may catch some of the runners.
Take care when rejoining the A83 and heading south for a couple of miles. You will then find yourself heading up a broad track. If you do stop for a minute and look back, you will be rewarded with amazing views across the seascape, to Gigha in the foreground and beyond to Islay and Jura.
After the flat open section at the 300m level, there is a water station, then a dip through the forest with a sharp left bend, leading to Deucheran Hill and its wind farm. After a smooth downhill and a bridge over a river, look out for the junction where you must turn right, a popular place for going wrong! The descent down the Glen into Carradale is extremely pretty and the views, after the climb up the path from the Grianain water-stop, are now eastwards towards Arran. The checkpoint is at The Network Centre just outside Carradale village where toilets and refreshments are available.
Section 4 Carradale to Ifferdale
6 miles, 270m climb
Short but very steep in places. This may not be the easy section it looks like! Follow minor roads and forest tracks to Ifferdale Farm which is a timing point with water but only limited refreshments.
Section 5 Ifferdale to Campbeltown
19½ miles, 580m climb
This section heads west to skirt Lussa Loch before descending to the B842 again near Uggadale. From there the route follows the B road southwards towards Campbeltown where you will be welcomed to the Finish on the Green.