Inveraray To Campbeltown
Route length: 85 miles
Drivers take the A83 South from Inveraray, through Lochgilphead and Tarbert before bearing left on to the B8001. Folow the B8001 to Skipness, and then retrace your route as far as Claonaig to join the B842. You may like to break your journey at Carradale, and then continue to the remains of Saddell Abbey. Rejoin the B842 to Campbeltown.
Cyclists will follow side roads to begin with before joining the A 83. Half a mile later the marked walking route can be used as an option to avoid some of the main road. Then rejoin the route for cars. An alternative route is joined to the south of Lochgilphead as far as Ardrishaig. Rejoin the A83 until 1.5 miles north of Tarbert where you can branch right on to the B8024. This route bypasses Tarbert itself. Join the B8001 and NCN78 to Claonaig. Here go left on to the minor road to go to Skipness. Return to Claonaig and the B842/NCN78. You may like to break your journey in Carradale before continuing to the remains of Saddell Abbey. Continue to Campbeltown.
Walkers can leave the main road a mile and a half out of Inverary and follow the coast to Furnace.
A largely off road route can be walked from Tarbert to Skipness, then joining the road to Claonaig.
See HERE for this and other walking routes in Kintyre.
A circular walk from Saddell can be made, following the Saddell Water and Ifferdale Burn, using the road to return the quarter mile to your start. A further section of The Kintyre Way goes from Saddell to Campbeltown.
By Public Transport
Inverary can be reached by bus from Glasgow. This route continues through Furness, Lochgilphead, Ardrishaig, Tarbert and Kennacraig before taking the A83 down the west side of Kintyre to reach Cambeltown.
There is also a bus service between Campbeltown and Carradale.
To check times go to Traveline Scotland and click on Plan your Journey on left side of page.
Loch Lomondside forms the eastern flank of Argyll and has its own missionary patron, Saint Kessog. By Luss, Tarbert and Arrochar, you approach the mighty guardian of Argyll, Ben Arthur or The Cobbler. The Rest and be Thankful pass then crosses to Loch Fyne and to Inveraray, seat of the Dukes of Argyll and chiefs of mighty Clan Campbell. This beautiful little town by the shining loch is a perfect starting point for pilgrimage.
Going south to Lochgilphead and then Tarbert, on your left hand Loch Fyne opens into the Firth of Clyde, affording magnificent views at each stopping point. Tarbert itself is the ferry point for east Argyll and Cowal. At Skipness Castle with its ruined chapel of St Brendan, you look over toArran and to Bute, the beautiful sanctuary island of St Blane. Continuing by the fishing village of Carradale, you reach Saddell where Somerled, Lord of the Isles, founded a Cistercian Abbey, and is buried. This was the departure point for medieval pilgrimage to the mountainous island of Arran whose dramatic peaks dominate the skyline. It is still a place of peaceful contemplation. The pilgrimage crossed to the burial place of St Molaise and then over to that saint’s rocky hermitage on Holy Island.
Finally near the southern end of the peninsula you reach handsome Campbeltown, capital of Kintyre. You are now very close to Ireland and to Columba’s first point of arrival, though the older name of this settlement, Kilkerran, suggests that the church here had its own missionary founder- St Ciaran
Lord of the mountain passes
of the shining lochs
of the flowing firth
of the green islands
of the rocky shores,
Be beside us.
God of Saints, Travellers,
Explorers, and Wanderers,
Friend of the solitary
and the companioned,
Be our compass and our anchor.
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