NEW BOOK JULY 2016
Walks Inveraray & South Argyll – Author: Richard Hallewell & Paul Williams
The latest book in our Scottish series completes the coverage of Argyll. Walks Inveraray & South Argyll including Kintyre covers the stretch of the west coast from Ardfern in the north to the Mull of Kintyre in the south. This area lacks the high peaks of the north and west, but walkers will still find much of interest and some marvellous and varied routes. Above all, this is a quiet area, with a small population and relatively few visitors, so you may often find that you have the paths to yourself.
The area is essentially one of low hills and moorland, with a good bit of forestry (and walks through it) and isolated pockets of good farmland around Campbeltown and the north end of Knapdale. You are never far from the sea, and while there are cliffs at the Mull of Kintyre the coastline is generally gentle, with some fine sand beaches at Machrihanish. There are two islands included in the guide: the low, green island of Gigha, to the west of Kintyre, and the little tidal hillock of Davaar Island, at the mouth of Campbeltown Loch, which can be reached by a stony causeway.
Apart from the beauty of the natural scenery, there are some man-made and historic attractions which also add to the walks. Inveraray is one of Scotland’s most picturesque villages, while the beautiful Crinan Canal (see centre left) features on a number of the routes. Just to the north of that is the low hill of Dunadd (bottom left) – one time seat of the kings of the Scots of Dalriada – with Kilmartin Glen, with its famous array of pre- and early-historic relics, just beyond.
The nature of the landscape means that the routes covered are relatively short (nothing above 10 miles/16km), but this is a very pleasing corner of the country with some fine walking.
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