The Route

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Stage 1 Tayinloan to Clachan
15km 9½ miles 175m climb (approx).

Starting from the village hall, head north on the road through the village and then turn left to the ferry terminal. There is a kissing gate leading to the beach. From there you have a combination of hard sand, loose pebbles and fields (not bad running at this stage) along the edge of the beach.

Pass the caravan site and join a grassy track round the point from where the undersea electricity cable links to Gigha. There are few visible KW signs but you rejoin the seashore and continue below a fascinatingly eroded raised beach.

After a total of 6km, you’ll see a vehicle track associated with an old fish farm which leads up to the main road. It’s tempting BUT continue along the beach until the second post and follow a path that leads away from the foreshore. This crosses the A83 to a path that runs parallel to the A83 on the east side, joining the old track to Ballochroy. After the kissing gate, aim for the raised beach, not the flat field and follow a grassy path to the farm road from which you can just glimpse some Standing Stones.

The way then descends to the A83 and follows a path on the east side of the road then crossing to take the footpath along the west side of the A83 and then return to the beach. The underfoot conditions along this stretch of beach are hard going on the pebbles and the path undulates through scrub until coming out at the car park at Seal Point.

Continue north (100 metres) until you turn down a private driveway to Ronachan House. Part of this driveway is restricted so another small path leads you to a new pavement along the A83 to Clachan.

Take a left turn through the village, left across the bridge and right along the track to Clachan Village Hall.

Timing Point, Refreshments and Toilets, Relay changeover.

Clachan to Skipness
20km 12½ miles 415 m climb (approx).

From the Village Hall, you will now head east. Cross the A83 with care and follow the vehicle track uphill past the fish farm for 500 metres.

A left turn takes you onto a narrow path and boardwalk through meadow and then woodland, gradually climbing.

At the top of the rise, leave the woodland, cross a bridge onto open moorland and follow a path along the river valley before rising northwards to the forests and good forest tracks.

(A quick peek behind will reward you with your last views to the magnificent Paps of Jura).

Join the forest road at Loch Ciaran and take the right turn at the four way junction. Where the road bends right, make sure you don’t miss the small path which veers off left towards a picnic table above Lochan a Chreimh.

The path then zigzags, circling Lochan Fraoich, where it emerges from the forest.

From there, more small tracks lead across the moorland and down the Larachmor Burn as far as the next patch of forest and a right turn over a bridge to another forest road heading down towards the B842, also known as The Long and Winding Way. On this side of the peninsula you will have views across to Arran.

Following this minor road north brings you to the right turn to the Claonaig ferry terminal. Take care if a ferry is either due or recently arrived as there will be nervous drivers around who are not used to single track roads with passing places.

The B842 continues along the side of the shore to Skipness and the Village Hall is on your left not long after entering the Village.

Timing Point, Refreshments and Toilets, Relay changeover.

Skipness to Tarbert
16 km 10 miles 480 m of climb (approx).

From Skipness Village Hall follow the B842 for a few hundred metres then take a sharp left at the village store (blue KW sign).

Begin a steady climb on an obvious track with initially, the Skipness River on the right and thereafter a distinctive sheep fank. Ignore any left turns until the track changes into a grassy footpath after approx 5.5 km.Cross a recently constructed forestry road and continue on the footpath until turning right onto the forestry road just mentioned. (8.5km approx.)

Follow the road through the forest, mostly downhill until a marked, sharp right turn (13.5 km approx) for the final, way-marked descent into Tarbert.

Watch for the large Millenium Cairn approx 150 m after the turn.

On reaching Tarbert Castle use the two kissing gates to enter and leave the site. If you look ahead across the bay, you can see the big marquee at the Finish.

Turn left along Brucehill and right down Castle Street. Beware of cars and pedestrians when crossing Harbour Street and when following the harbour edge to the finish line at the marina.