I had planned a 3 day ride with 2 overnight camps to cycle the Kintyre Way,
The 87 mile route is split into 7 sections crossing the Kintyre penulsia from coast to coast several times from Tarbert to Dunaverty,
Inquiring about cycling the route revealed that section 6 from Campbeltown to Machrihanish was on Tarmac, and i was advised not to cycle the final section 7 from Machrihanish to Dunaverty as it crosses open heather moorland for around 4 miles to the finish,so although the finish on the south coast looked very scenic i decided to ride from Tarbet to Campbeltown and finish at the stunning Macrihanish beach...
so sections 1-5 total 66 miles...i decided on one nights camping and ride to either Tayinloan on the west coast to camp or push on and over to Carradale depending on how i felt,weather etc on the first day... the weather forcast wasnt looking good with heavy rain forcasted both days late in the afternoon...
cant recommend the website and the leaflet enough as both worth reading for excellent detail which matched the excellent way marking and information boards,the best waymarked offroad route i think i have biked...
here is a link to my bike packing set up, of what i took and how it was carried,
you can read the full story here which has a film i made too,
heres a few pics... excuse the water filled camping shots-was a bit damp
descending to Claonaig with views to Arran,
descending into Clachan,
along the coast to Rhunahaorine Point,
and the lowest trig point in Scotland,2 meters above sea level!
the climb up to the windfarm at Deucheran Hill before it rained,
camped with the Hennessy Hammock,food cooked sitting under out the weather then wet clothes hung under the tarp and a warm nights sleep in spare dry base layers,
a good nights sleep aided by this,
clearer weather next day and the last section over to Campbeltown,view over Lussa Loch,
down to finish at Campbeltown Harbour,
then headed to the coast at the 3 mile long Macrihanish beach,a great finish to 2 days fun despite the weather the previous evening!
Cycling the Kintyre Way,
my views of the Kintyre Way is it is very good to cycle for originally a walking route,it is all ridable after a few short steep parts near Tarbet by any confident cyclist,there is some tarmac road to ride between sections and there is alot of forest road...not everyones cup of tea but most of the forests you ride through is mixed forest and to have 99.9% of the route to Campbeltown to myself is for me the attraction...a real feeling of remoteness up on the hills...
the scenery is stunning esp out to the surrounding islands and it is a shame i did not get nicer weather down at Carradale as around there is lovely and would of been nice to see the coastal section there too...
i imagine that in time more of the forest roads will get replaced by sections of narrower all weather track and if undulating will be better to cycle...
my advice to someone wanting to do the same 5 sections and camp is maybe take 3 days to get to Campbeltown then spend a night or two at Macrihanish campsite spending a day resting and enjoying the beach there then maybe have a crack at that last section to the offical finnish at Dunaverty,completeing all 7 sections...then let me know if i missed a nice trail