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This fully waymarked trail runs for 89 miles southward from the beautiful natural harbour of Tarbert to Dunaverty, near the Mull of Kintyre. Criss-crossing the entire peninsula, you pass castles, abbeys and prehistoric remains, sometimes walking along rugged coastline, sometimes high on forestry tracks with glorious views over Arran, the Firth of Clyde and towards Ireland. You will enjoy many wildlife sightings in this peaceful area, famous as Scotland only "mainland island". Since it opened (2006) the route has changed in places. The 2011 edition of this essential guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy your holiday: a drop-down map showing the whole route (1:110,000); the Way step-by-step, with summaries of distance, terrain and refreshment stops; habitats and wildlife; whisky-making in Kintyre; side-trip to the island of Gigha; and planning information for travel by car, ferry, bus and plane. The book is printed on waterproof paper throughout, and has over 70 colour photographs.
Sandra Bardwell is a dedicated lifelong walker who began hiking in her birthplace of Melbourne, Australia, where she worked as an archivist and historian. She moved to Scotland in 1989 and lives beside Loch Ness. In recent years she has written guidebooks for Lonely Planet (Italy, Ireland, France, Scotland, Australia, 1998-2007), Rucksack Readers (England, Ireland and Scotland) and Sunflower Books (Croatia and Poland-Slovakia, 2006).
Jacquetta Megarry is an enthusiastic walker turned publisher. She devised the Rucksack Reader format to suit the needs of hikers, and has written or co-authored over 25 guidebooks on routes in Scotland, England, Ireland and worldwide for Rucksack Readers.