Walking Kintyre

As It’s Meant to be Seen

Kintyre is never short on paths to explore. From the Mull of Kintyre, with its panoramic views of Northern Ireland, to the mountains of Bein Ghuilean overlooking Campbeltown, from an ocean walk down Westport Beach to the historic caves of Davaar Island, Kintyre never leaves you wanting for sites to see.

  • Take a gentle stroll around the Campbeltown Town Trail. Follow the Town Trail with the leaflet and map from The Tourist Information Centre and learn about Campbeltown’s rich heritage, its people, and its many fascinating stories.
  • The scenic coastal walk from the Shipyard at Trench Point brings Campbeltown’s shipbuilding history to life and leads you directly to Kilchousland Chapel, a 12th-Century medieval structure dedicated to St. Constantine.
  • Walk across the shallow coastal waters to Davaar Island’s Caves, where a painting of the Crucifixion was discovered in 1887 by some local fishermen. While the painting turned out to be the work of a local art teacher, Alexander MacKinnon, the painting became a significant landmark, and has been restored numerous times since its original discovery. Nearby, you’ll find a cave containing the relics of Saint Ciaran, one of the early missionaries who brought Christianity to Argyll.
  • Take a journey through the forest among the slopes of Beinn Ghuilean and get a bird’s-eye view of all of Campbeltown.
  • Another shoreline walk takes you past Machrihanish Bay to Westport Beach and The Gauldrons (aka The Bay of Storms), with its intriguing rock formations, gorgeous views, and sandy beach.
  • The Kintyre Way stretches from Tarbert at the north end of the peninsula, to Dunavertyin the south and runs 140km (87 miles)  through tiny fishing villages, extensive conifer forests, beaches, open hills, and moors.