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Stage 7: Southend to Machrihanish — Kintyre Way

16.4 mi
2.1 mph
2,150 ft
2,150 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
1.08 mi

Keil Caves

Hiking Highlight

10.5 mi

Binnein Fithich

Hiking Highlight

11.8 mi

Sailor's Grave viewpoint

Hiking Highlight

16.4 mi

Weather Forecast

Dan planned a hike.

July 1, 2020


  • Dan

    The final stage affords magnificent coastal views, empty countryside, saintly footprints and mysterious caves.With 16.4 miles (26.4 km) of distance and an equal 2,150 feet (655 m) of uphill and downhill, it is a fittingly tough finish to a challenging overall itinerary. Please note, this stage involves some challenging hillwalking over wild terrain with steep ascents and descents and boggy conditions. You need to be an experienced hiker with good technical ability to undertake this hike.To begin, you head west along the road out of Southend and immediately stumble upon some interesting places to explore; Keil Caves, which were inhabited by people for many centuries, and nearby, St Columba's Chapel, St Columba's Well and St Columba's Footprints, which all mark where Columba — who brought Christianity to Scotland — first landed.The road winds inland and, at Carrine, you head left along another lane through
    Glen Breakerie. You then turn left onto Amod farm track, cross the bridge over Breakerie Water, and begin a steep ascent of Remuil Hill.
    The trail levels out over wild and empty countryside before another sharp ascent to Binnein Fithich. At the summit, you get wonderful views out to sea and over the Kintyre Peninsula. Keep a look-out for herds of wild goats here.You then make a long and steep descent before rising briefly to the Sailor’s Grave Viewpoint. It is a gradual descent for the rest of the hike; rugged upland terrain softening into a greener pastoral landscape to finish in Machrihanish. Within the village you find a hotel and some B&Bs, as well as a couple of places to eat and drink.

    • July 8, 2020