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Stage 1: Tarbert to Skipness — Kintyre Way

11.5 mi
2.2 mph
1,300 ft
1,325 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
0.32 mi

Tarbert Castle

Hiking Highlight

10.2 mi

Skipness Castle

Hiking Highlight

10.6 mi

Kilbrannan Chapel

Hiking Highlight

11.5 mi

Weather Forecast

Dan planned a hike.

July 1, 2020


  • Dan

    Stage 1 begins from the picturesque port of Tarbert, climbs into a wild landscape with glorious sea views, and visits some interesting ruins. Whilst there are some challenging stages in this Collection, you are eased into the itinerary with a comparatively-easy 11.5 miles (18.5 km) of distance, 1,300 feet (396 m) of uphill and 1,325 feet (404 m) of downhill.From Tarbert, hike along Harbour Street briefly before taking steps up to the striking ruins of Tarbert Castle, where you are afforded lovely views. The trail rises gradually from the castle and eventually meets a forestry track, which you follow for 3 miles (4.8 km) to the highest point of the route. You then begin a long and gradual descent on grassy paths through woodland and upland scenery with great views of Kilbrannan Sound and the mountains of Arran. The trail picks up the course of Skipness River for a short while before a final descent through farmland to the golden sands of Skipness Bay.At the finish line, it is well-worth a brief extension to see Skipness Castle, a grand medieval fortification that was built in the early 13th century, and Kilbrannan Chapel, an eerie ruined medieval chapel on Skipness Bay.There are a couple of places to stay in Skipness and a restaurant, Skipness Seafood Cabin, which is open from May to September.

    • July 8, 2020