Walk: Lochs of views from Dun Skeig

Argyll & Bute | Clachan | Half day walk | ★★★★

[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]

📌 Walk: Lochs of views from Dun Skeig ★★★★
Start / finish on minor road (street parking) in Clachan village centre, G.R.: NR 765561 ///highly.published.shelf

▶ 6 km / 4 mi | ▲ 180 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: △ Dun Skeig (143 m); Dun Skeig hill forts
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!

Route & map

Start - Quinhill - climb gate due east of Dun Skeig - Dun Skeig summit - return to gate - Portachoillan - Dunskeig Bay - start, keeping close to burn

Route credit: Walkhighlands
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On our visit

Wildlife: Sheep graze the summit, with cows lower down. The coastal section is reputedly inhabited by otters.
Weather: Uninterrupted blue skies. Chilly, but exceptionally clear air making for brilliant views.

[Return to the start alongside Clachan Burn]


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