Walk: Lochs of views from Dun Skeig
|[The Paps of Jura seen from Dun Skeig]|
This is one of Kintyre's best walks, cramming a picture-postcard village, a small hill with stunning views, and a tranquil coastal and riverside section into under 4 miles. Dun Skeig's summit comes complete with two hilltop forts, while the modern house encountered on the descent has a setting guaranteed to make anybody jealous. Varied underfoot conditions mean this walk may well take longer than its length suggests - good footwear required - but don't let that put you off.
|[West Loch Tarbert beyond Dun Skeig hillfort]|
Name: Walk: Lochs of views from Dun Skeig ★★★★☆
Length: 6 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 180 metres
Main summits: Dun Skeig (143 metres)
Points of interest: Dun Skeig hill forts
Start / finish: Clachan village centre, G.R.: NR 765561 ///highly.published.shelf
Route: Start - Quinhill - climb gate due east of Dun Skeig - Dun Skeig summit - return to gate - Portachoillan - Dunskeig Bay - start, keeping close to burn
Terrain: Very varied. Minor road to Quinhill; track then occasionally boggy path to summit. Wet path on descent to Portachoillan. Coastal and riverside sections on a track which is often fine, but with sections of swampy mud which are difficult to avoid!
Wildlife today: Sheep graze the summit, with cows lower down. The coastal section is reputedly inhabited by otters.
Weather today: Uninterrupted blue skies. Chilly, but exceptionally clear air making for brilliant views.
|[Return to the start alongside Clachan Burn]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands