Machrihanish to Campbeltown

GPX route here

Useful reading here

Final Details for 2022 are here

Tracking Link: The tracking site is at https://events.geotracks.co.uk/live/998

Live Timing Results will be available from https://liveresults.finchhouse.org = select the event from the Event Calendar

or use the QR code

Stage 1 Machrihanish to Southend
16 miles

Starting from Machrihanish, head west on the road through the village and south up to High Lossit, then follow the track to Ballygroggan. From
there the route follows a single track, sometimes rough path across
moorland, ascending to a col, then descending into Innean Glen until
reaching the gateway into Largiebaan estate. Bear left, uphill, and then continue following the marker poles on the path that follows the contours before rising steeply to Binnean Fithich, then cutting east through a tree belt to a forestry
track just west of Largiebaan. 

This is the most exposed and dangerous section and, if you don’t have GPX, may require map and compass skills should the mist roll in from the sea (as it is known to do). We have put out a lot of extra posts to keep you on track. (Neither the OS sheet nor any other published map is suitable so if you do want to take an actual
map, we recommend printing one out using our GPX route.)

Turning right and south, follow the track all the way down to the river crossing at High Glenadale. Note that the Kintyre Way leaves this track to contour along to Amod Hill. We will have signs out on the day to keep you on our route. Cross Glenadale Water and climb towards Corr nan Long. Follow the marked zig zag track through Carskiey Farm.

Note this route is only available on the day of the race when it has been agreed that animals will be secured and gates manned. Please do not attempt to follow this route when carrying out any recces. Instead follow the agreed Kintyre Way to Low Glenadale and Amod or you may jeopardise access that has been negotiated for one day only.

View south towards Carskiey, Sanda Island and Rathlin Island

From Carskiey you will be on the minor road to the bridge at Lephenstrath and the minor road to the turn off to historical Dunaverty . From Dunaverty Point turn north to the B842, turning right for the village hall checkpoint and relay changeover point at Dunaverty Hall in Southend.

Stage 2 Southend to Campbeltown
17 miles

From Southend take the B842 north for approximately 1 km where you take the right turn for Mill Park and Dunglass. After a further kilometre, turn left towards Kilbride but just after the turn to Blasthill, take a right turn to Kilmashenachan and follow the path along the beach to Macharioch and the camp site at Polliwilline. Follow this track back to the minor road which will take you all the way to the finish in Campbeltown.

At various points along here you will be able to see Ailsa Craig and Ayrshire. This section may look easy but as you can see from the profile below, it is surprisingly undulating!

View east towards Davaar Island and Ayrshire

From Kildalloig Bay, you will see the start of the causeway linking Davaar Island to the mainland which is accessible only at low tide.

A few more miles will bring you to the finish on The Green in Campbeltown.