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Kintyre Way Independent walking holiday

Independent Kintyre Way walking holiday

This is one of C-N-Do’s specially crafted slow travel tours, using public transport and your own energy to get to know Scotland.

With lots of choices for walking, cycling and generally good old fashioned exploring, you will get to know and love the areas and communities you pass through.

Enjoy, and come again or tell your friends. Slow travel - the only way to holiday in Scotland.

About The Kintyre Way

The Kintyre Way starts at the narrow isthmus of Tarbert where, according to Norse sagas, King Magnus Barefoot claimed Kintyre as an island by having his boat dragged across the land between the east and west lochs. From there it zigzags across the peninsula in 87 fascinating miles. Each day’s walk has a different feel, differing landscapes and makes for wonderful memories.

Please note: This tour starts in Tarbert and finishes in Campbeltown.

Holiday Highlights

  • A journey criss-crossing Scotland's mainland island
  • Each day gives great views of coasts and hills
  • Sunsets across Jura
  • Otter spotting
  • Sampling the local produce and maybe a dram
  • Sighting Ireland just across the North Channel

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Booking Definitions

Solo walker:

1 person per booking in a single room. (Single room supplement included)

2 or more walkers:

Minimum 2 people per booking based 2 sharing. (Single room supplement extra £60 per person)

Option Price SRS Select start date
(Solo walker)
£879 pp Incl.
(2 or more walkers)
£639 pp £140

Typical Itinerary

Day 1: Walk southwards round the harbour to fine the start up to Tarbert Castle. From there cross the hillside to Skipness and Claonaig– about 18km / 11 mls.

Day 2: Back to Claonaig to walk cross country over a moorland path to Clachan – about 16km / 10 mls.

Day 3: Follow the coastline and beach to walk to Tayinloan about 14km / 9 mls.

Day 4: Another cross country day heading across the peninsula to Carradale – about 26km / 16 mls.

Day 5: Walk to Campbeltown via Saddell and Lussa Loch - about 21km / 12.5 mls. (Transfer to Campbeltown) Day 6: Transfer back to Lussa Loch for an easier day to walk from Lussa Loch to the fine beach and some paddling at Machrichanish, about 19km / 11 mls. Day 7: Walk from Machrichanish to Dunaverty 26km / 15.5mls. Final night in Southend or Campbeltown.

Day 8: Onward travel.

Best time to go

The best time to go is just about anytime. Each season has its own special feeling.

March–April: Late snows on the high hills and the clear winter air makes for sparklingly clear landscapes.

May-June: Spring flowers and the first flush of luminous green as the trees burst forth.

July–August: Summer days, birds galore, the start of the heather colours on the hills.

September–October: Autumn tints increasingly form the colour palette, the haunting sounds of deer rutting, and the autumn mists adding to the mystery of the hills.

Superior Option - What's Included

  • 7 nights in 2 person ensuite (7 breakfasts).
  • The Classic Kintyre Way over 7 days walking
  • Baggage transfers to your next accommodation
  • Walking maps of the route
  • On route transfers to accommodation if required
  • Holiday Dossier with background information and advice.
  • Emergency contact in Scotland
  • VAT at the current rate of 20%

Optional extras:

  • Take the ferry over to the magical Island of Gigha for some well deserved rest and recuperation
  • Go across to Islay for a few days
  • Have some time in Glasgow or Edinburgh before or after for some City Culture.

Not included:

  • Meals not specified above
  • Optional local bus journeys or excursions or entries


  • £639 per person based on 2 people sharing a room
  • £140 single supplement
  • £879 single person booking
Independent Walking Holidays