Geo-Trips :: The Kintyre Way

Kintyre

A walk from Claonaig, Tue, 28 Sep 2021 by Anne Burgess

The Kintyre Way winds for 100 miles or so along the peninsula of Kintyre. We walked most of the second sector, omitting the stretch of tarmac road from Claonaig slipway to where the route leaves the road. The first part is on a track with fine views across to the Iale of Arran, then it degenerates to a grassy path, quite muddy in places, that climbs to about 220 metres above sea level near a group of small lochs. It then follows forest roads for a while, then another partly boggy path alongside the burn down towards Clachan, and finally a convoluted, contrived and not very enjoyable route through the woods for the final stretch to Clachan.

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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NR8555 : Allt a' Bhuic by Anne Burgess
Allt a' Bhuic
A small waterfall just above the road bridge on the B842.

NR8655 : A842 by Anne Burgess
A842
The A842 is the narrow road with passing places along the east coast of Kintyre.

NR8655 : Allt a' Bhuic by Anne Burgess
Allt a' Bhuic
Allt a' Bhuic below the A942 bridge.

NR8555 : Bare Rock by Anne Burgess
Bare Rock
I wonder if this was perhaps a quarry for building the road?

NR8555 : Track on Cnoc Dubh by Anne Burgess
Track on Cnoc Dubh
This track is part of the Kintyre Way.

NR8555 : Moorland and Bog by Anne Burgess
Moorland and Bog
The flattish land is probably the remnant of a post-glacial loch, and is likely to... more

NR8556 : Lochan beside the Kintyre Way by Anne Burgess
Lochan beside the Kintyre Way
The lochan is articifial, being contained by a berm.

NR8556 : Artificial Pond by Anne Burgess
Artificial Pond
This pond or lochan is artificial, being contained by an embankment which is the... more

NR8556 : Kintyre Way by Anne Burgess
Kintyre Way
Looking back downhill, with the Isle of Arran in the far distance.

NR8456 : Fold by the Path by Anne Burgess
Fold by the Path
The metamorphic rock exposed here has been greatly deformed and folded.

NR8456 : Kintyre Way by Anne Burgess
Kintyre Way
This part of the Kintyre Way is on a firm track, making for easy walking. The Isle... more

NR8456 : Kintyre Way by Anne Burgess
Kintyre Way
The track skirts a forest plantation, and has become much more indistinct, but it... more

NR8456 : Kintyre Way by Anne Burgess
Kintyre Way
From the top of the rise here there is a glimpse of the turbines in the Freasdail... more

NR8356 : Looking towards Cruach nam Fiadh by Anne Burgess
Looking towards Cruach nam Fiadh
The foreground is all in this square, but the eye is drawn to Cruach nam Fiadh on... more

NR8356 : Approaching the Footbridge by Anne Burgess
Approaching the Footbridge
The Kintyre Way crosses the Larachmòr Burn, turning sharp left to follow... more

NR8356 : Larachmòr Burn by Anne Burgess
Larachmòr Burn
Looking downstream from the Kintyre Way footbridge.

NR8356 : Larachmòr Burn by Anne Burgess
Larachmòr Burn
Looking upstream from the Kintyre Way footbridge.

NR8356 : Kintyre Way by Anne Burgess
Kintyre Way
Looking down towards the footbridge over the Larachmòr Burn. The burn goes... more

NR8356 : Unnamed Burn by Anne Burgess
Unnamed Burn
A minor burn that drains the east slope of Cruach nam Fiadh into the... more

NR8356 : Nameless Burn by Anne Burgess
Nameless Burn
This short burn drains the south slope of Cruach nam Fiadh. Looking upstream.

NR8356 : Nameless Burn by Anne Burgess
Nameless Burn
Looking downstream to where the burn joins the Larachmòr Burn.

NR8356 : Larachmòr Burn by Anne Burgess
Larachmòr Burn
Or rather, a gently sloping dip through which the Larachmòr Burn flows,... more

NR8356 : Cruach nam Fiadh by Anne Burgess
Cruach nam Fiadh
Cruach nam Fiadh ('hill of the deer') rises very gently from the Larachmòr... more

NR8356 : Kintyre Way by Anne Burgess
Kintyre Way
The blue post is one of the waymarkers along the Kintyre Way. The web site... more

NR8355 : Larachmòr Burn by Anne Burgess
Larachmòr Burn
This part of the burn looks much more like a classic incised valley. The map shows... more

NR8355 : Larachmòr Burn by Anne Burgess
Larachmòr Burn
This section of the burn, and of course the path parallel to it, traverses steeper... more

NR8355 : Kintyre Way by Anne Burgess
Kintyre Way
Swathes of bracken cover the slope beside the Larachmòr Burn.

NR8355 : Larachmòr Burn by Anne Burgess
Larachmòr Burn
Looking down on the incised course of the Larachmòr Burn.

NR8355 : Kintyre Way by Anne Burgess
Kintyre Way
This part of the path is little more than a flattened strip in the grass, but it... more

NR8255 : A Boggy Area by Anne Burgess
A Boggy Area
Having reached the top of the slightly steeper section of the route beside the... more

NR8255 : A Large Bog by Anne Burgess
A Large Bog
The 'panoramic' format shows the extent of [[[6982154]]]. In the background are... more

NR8255 : Rock Outcrop by Anne Burgess
Rock Outcrop
One of only a few outcrops of bare rock, most of the ground being covered by... more

NR8255 : Burn without a Name by Anne Burgess
Burn without a Name
A short burn that drains the south side of Cruach nam Fiadh into the bog where the... more

NR8255 : Kintyre Way by Anne Burgess
Kintyre Way
The grassy path, still easy to see and follow, on the lower slopes of Cruach nam Fiadh.

NR8255 : Kintyre Way by Anne Burgess
Kintyre Way
The grassy path has given way to a narrow stony path round a rocky outcrop. The... more

NR8155 : Fence across a Bog by Anne Burgess
Fence across a Bog
The fence crossing the expamse of bog is the only obvious evidence of land use.... more

NR8155 : Lochan Fraoich by Anne Burgess
Lochan Fraoich
Almost certainly a kettle hole, formed by deposits of glacial material round a... more

NR8254 : Moorland Plateau by Anne Burgess
Moorland Plateau
This flattish area of grassy moorland is about 200 metres above sea level, so not... more

NR8155 : East End of Lochan Fraoich by Anne Burgess
East End of Lochan Fraoich
This is one of the very few fences we needed to negotiate, but fortunately there... more

NR8154 : Open Woodland by Anne Burgess
Open Woodland
There are scattered conifers on the higher ground above Lochan Fraoich.

NR8155 : Lochan Fraoich by Anne Burgess
Lochan Fraoich
Almost certainly a kettle hole, formed by deposits of glacial material round a... more

NR8155 : Lochan Fraoich by Anne Burgess
Lochan Fraoich
A 'panoramic' view of the whole of the lochan. It is almost certainly a kettle... more

NR8155 : Lochan Fraoich by Anne Burgess
Lochan Fraoich
It is almost certainly a kettle hole, formed by deposits of glacial material round... more

NR8155 : West End of Lochan Fraoich by Anne Burgess
West End of Lochan Fraoich
This is almost certainly a kettle hole, formed by deposits of glacial material... more

NR8155 : Lichen or Fungus? by Anne Burgess
Lichen or Fungus?
I have no idea what this is. It's about an inch high and growing in the path.

NR8054 : Lochan a' Chreimh by Anne Burgess
Lochan a' Chreimh
It is almost certainly a kettle hole, formed by deposits of glacial material round... more

NR8054 : Lochan a' Chreimh by Anne Burgess
Lochan a' Chreimh
This is almost certainly a kettle hole, formed by deposits of glacial material... more

NR8055 : Anonymous Burn by Anne Burgess
Anonymous Burn
The burn is the outlet from Lochan a' Chreimh.

NR8055 : Forest Road by Anne Burgess
Forest Road
The Kintyre Way follows forest roads for a couple of miles from here.

NR8055 : Firebreak in Achaglas Forest by Anne Burgess
Firebreak in Achaglas Forest
Looking in the general direction of Loch Chorra-riabhaich, though the trees are... more

NR7955 : Forest Road by Anne Burgess
Forest Road
A well-made road, but it looks as if it is some time since it was used much.

NR7955 : In Achaglas Forest by Anne Burgess
In Achaglas Forest
I wonder if this area has been felled some time ago and left to regenerate naturally?

NR7955 : Roadside Ditch by Anne Burgess
Roadside Ditch
The ditch drains the forest road through Achaglas Forest.

NR7955 : Felled Forest by Anne Burgess
Felled Forest
This part of Achaglass Forest has been felled but not (yet?) re-planted.

NR7855 : Mullach Dubh by Anne Burgess
Mullach Dubh
Looking towards the summit of Mullach Dubh across the felled area north of the... more

NR7855 : Drystane Dyke by Anne Burgess
Drystane Dyke
I surmise that the dyke was originally the boundary between two estates, now both... more

NR7855 : Kintyre Way by Anne Burgess
Kintyre Way
The Kintyre Way follows the forest road south of Mullach Dubh.

NR7854 : Windswept Trees by Anne Burgess
Windswept Trees
The Sycamore to the right of the forest road is being blown about by a stiff... more

NR7854 : East End of Loch Ciaran by Anne Burgess
East End of Loch Ciaran
According to [[[876131]]] this may be the largest natural loch on Kintyre. It is... more

NR7854 : Wooden House by Anne Burgess
Wooden House
Thus building was not here in 2008 when [[[876131]]] was taken, but it was there... more

NR7754 : Track beside Loch Ciaran by Anne Burgess
Track beside Loch Ciaran
The Kintyre Way follows an old track along the north shore of Loch Ciaran.

NR7754 : Trees by the Kintyre Way by Anne Burgess
Trees by the Kintyre Way
Along most of the north side of Loch Ciaran the forest boundary is north of the... more

NR7754 : Young Forest by Anne Burgess
Young Forest
This strip of forest, oddly, extends neighbours, this block has been felled and... more

NR7754 : Boat House? by Anne Burgess
Boat House?
Some of the maps, and the satellite view, show a boat house in the position of the... more

NR7754 : Kintyre Way by Anne Burgess
Kintyre Way
The waymarked route follows an old track that has recently been used by a tractor,... more

NR7754 : Work at Loch Ciaran by Anne Burgess
Work at Loch Ciaran
There was some sort of work in progress on the shore of Loch Ciaran, but I have no... more

NR7654 : Kintyre Way by Anne Burgess
Kintyre Way
Having left the network of forest roads, the waymarked route follows a narrow and... more

NR7654 : Allt Mòr by Anne Burgess
Allt Mòr
The name of the burn seems to be alight misnomer as it means 'big burn'. It is... more

NR7654 : Kintyre Way by Anne Burgess
Kintyre Way
The route of the Kintyre Way here is through a patch of tussocky rushes, but it's... more

NR7655 : Creag Loisgte Dunultach by Anne Burgess
Creag Loisgte Dunultach
Open ground above the glen of the Allt Mòr, culminating on Creag Loisgte... more

NR7655 : Rowan Berries by Anne Burgess
Rowan Berries
A good crop of rowan berries beside the route of the Kintyre Way.

NR7655 : Reservoir near Clachan by Anne Burgess
Reservoir near Clachan
The small house is marked on the map as a reservoir. Presumably it serves the... more

NR7655 : Kintyre Way by Anne Burgess
Kintyre Way
The waymarked route follows the fairly obvious path across the clearing.

NR7655 : Kintyre Way by Anne Burgess
Kintyre Way
For most of the way from Claonaig, the waymarked route has followed fairly obvious... more

NR7656 : Kintyre Way Waymarker by Anne Burgess
Kintyre Way Waymarker
If you're following the Kintyre Way from Clachan, you need to be aware that the... more

NR7656 : Fish Hatchery by Anne Burgess
Fish Hatchery
This is part of a fish hatchery on the Allt Mòr just before it reaches... more

NR7656 : Fish Farm by Anne Burgess
Fish Farm
This is part of a fish farm on the Allt Mòr just before it reaches Clachan.... more

NR7756 : Balinakill House by Anne Burgess
Balinakill House
The house was built in 1893, but the wing on the right is later. It is available... more

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