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How Tayinloan can take you from the Kintyre Way to Gigha

How Tayinloan can take you from the Kintyre Way to Gigha
The Kintyre peninsula is a strikingly beautiful part of Argyll, with long stretches of sandy beaches, hidden coves and ancient woodlands. One of the best ways to explore this fascinating place is to follow the Kintyre Way. Stretching from Tarbert in the north to Machrihanish in the south, this long-distance route criss-crosses the peninsula taking in the natural and historic highlights. And when you’re walking the Kintyre Way it’s easy to make a short detour to the enchanting island of Gigha. Just hop on the ferry at Tayinloan on Kintyre’s west coast and add a Hebridean island to your epic Kintyre adventure!

The Kintyre Way is a 100-mile route that’s broken down into seven sections, providing four to seven days’ worth of walking and cycling, depending on your pace. It’s a journey of contrasts featuring deserted beaches, tiny fishing communities, gentle hills, fabulous local produce and welcoming, friendly people. From the west coast with its vast beaches pounded by Atlantic breakers to the gentler bays of the east coast, the views of Loch Fyne to the views of Ireland, the diversity and beauty of the landscape is astonishing.

Highlights include Carradale Bay, a stunning mile-long, south-facing sandy beach, Westport Beach, one of Scotland’s top surfing spots, and the many fascinating historical sites and ancient ruins. The first section alone, from Tarbert to Claoniag, takes in Robert the Bruce’s 13th Century Tarbert Castle, Skipness Castle and St Brendan’s Chapel. Keep an eye out for wildlife as you ramble along. This remote and untouched part of Argyll is home to a vast array of flora and fauna. The Machrihanish Seabird Observatory offers incredible bird watching opportunities.

Section Three of the Kintyre Way follows Kintyre’s Atlantic coastline from Clachan to Tayinloan. It’s wonderfully scenic with magnificent views to the islands. From Tayinloan it’s a short CalMac ferry journey to Gigha. The ferry drops you at the island's only village, Ardminish, where you'll find the post office, shop and other amenities.

Just seven miles long by a mile and a half wide, Gigha is a gem of an island with turquoise waters and white sandy beaches dotting the coastline. It offers fabulous walking and cycling. You’ll be treated to stunning views in every direction as you explore the island by foot or on a bike. Pick up the ‘Walk Gigha’ booklet from Gigha Stores or the Gigha Hotel. It describes in detail the 12 designated off-road walks. Many of the walks start and end at the centre of the island, not far from where the ferry comes in, making them perfect for foot passengers visiting for a day. You can hire bikes and kayaks from Gigha Boats Activity Centre which is right by the ferry terminal. The Boathouse at Ardminish Bay is a great restaurant serving up exceptional local seafood and other delights right on the beach. Check out the daily ‘fresh in’ board, which features the catch of the day. Find out more about the fabulous flavours of Gigha.

When you’ve finished exploring Gigha, head back on the ferry to Tayinloan and pick up Section Four of the Kintyre Way. It crosses the peninsula, heading to the east coast and Carradale Glen. As you climb you’ll be rewarded with amazing views back across the water to Gigha as well as Islay and Jura beyond.

Find out more about things to see and do on Kintyre & Gigha.
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