Kintyre's east coast
|[Arran from the Allt a' Bhuic viewpoint]|
Most visitors probably don't visit this part of Kintyre, instead speeding down the A83 10 miles to the west. They're making a mistake - this side of the peninsula is scenically much more interesting than the west coast, with Arran dominating the view to the east. Ideally you need a full day to explore the area properly - the B842 paves the way, but only as a single-track road with constant steep hills and sharp bends, making for slow going. Carradale is the only sizeable village in this remote area, south of which the road improves towards Campbeltown. Climbing Cnoc nan Gabhar from here is recommended, but spots such as Kildonan Dun and brilliantly-named Grogport offer more easily accessible views.
Attractions from north to south:
>> Skipness Castle ★★☆☆☆
>> Walk: Skipness River - infused with garlic ★★★☆☆
📌 Allt a' Bhuic viewpoint ★★☆☆☆
Description: Overgrown but worthwhile viewpoint for Arran and Kilbrannan Sound.
Location: Off B842 a mile southwest of Claonaig, G.R.: NR 862552 ///splint.difficult.country
Anything else? From the car park at G.R.: NR 860554 ///ecologist.mammoths.monks, cross the road and follow the narrow and increasingly overgrown path past an impressive but partly obscured waterfall. Views improve after a few minutes as the trees thin, though the path fades once out of the forest.
>> Walk: Cnoc nan Gabhar - Carradale Circular ★★★★☆
📌 Carradale ★★☆☆☆
Description: Sizeable, strung-out village with picturesque harbour and good views towards Arran's Pirnmill Hills.
Location: G.R.: NR 819387 ///remarked.sand.proved
📌 Saddell Abbey ★★☆☆☆
Description: Very ruined abbey church, notable for intricately carved stones housed in a separate shelter.
Location: B842 at Saddell, G.R.: NR 786321 ///also.wonderfully.conspired
📌 Kildonan Dun ★★★☆☆
Description: Coastal fortified farmstead situated on a rocky headland, dating back nearly 2,000 years.
Location: B842 3 miles north of Peninver, G.R.: NR 780278 ///gaps.defenders.prowess
>> Campbeltown page: Campbeltown ★★★☆☆ & town sights