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Stage 4: Tayinloan to Carradale — Kintyre Way

16.3 mi
2.2 mph
1,900 ft
1,875 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
1.61 mi

St John's Church

Hiking Highlight

14.6 mi

Cnoc nan Gabhar

Hiking Highlight

16.3 mi


Hiking Highlight

16.3 mi

Weather Forecast

Dan planned a hike.

July 1, 2020


  • Dan

    Stage 4 begins along the coast and climbs through open countryside with fine views before a final descent to the fishing village of Carradale. With 16.3 miles (26.2 km) of distance, 1,900 feet (579 m) of uphill and 1,875 feet (572 m) downhill, this is a challenging hike and is a flavour of what is to come. From Tayinloan you hike south along the coast with views to Gigha and head alongside the A83. The Way crosses the road and heads up a track on the opposite side. If you have time, it is worth following the brief extension to see St John’s, a ruined church and old graveyard in Killean.It is then a long, gradual and winding ascent along the main track through farmland, moorland, and woodland, which reaches a high point close to Loch an Eich. From here, you continue along the main track as it winds through upland scenery.The trail descends to Carradale Water, crosses it, and continues down to the B42. Head right here to Grianan Car Park and then take the track left. You then begin a long and undulating ascent of Cnoc nan Gabhar, which affords a stunning panorama from the summit. The final section descends through Century Wood and skirts around Ballanmeanach Wood to Carradale, a traditional fishing village with views over Kilbrannan Sound and the Isle of Arran. There is accommodation here, a campsite, places for food and drink, shops, and a nice stretch of beach.

    • July 8, 2020