Sumary of Kintyre 66: Scotland’s not-so-long and winding road:
- Everyone wants to drive north from Glasgow, but you take the winding road south to Kintyre because no one else does, and here you can feel the wildness of Scotland’s Atlantic coastline at its most undisturbed.
- Launched in April 2020 after a series of Covid delays, the 66-mile loop around Scotland’s most southwesterly peninsula reveals a greatest hits of sorts of the Scottish countryside, but without the chaotic hum of the North Coast 500. There are the same butterscotch sands and seashell-strewn beaches;
- the same heightened emotions from driving roller coaster single track;
- For quiet escapism, I’m travelling solo and start at a slow tempo on the road south down the peninsula’s eastern flank, an unhurried transition from Tarbert’s flag-festooned harbour to the extraordinary Kilbrannan Sound coast.
- Kintyre exists in its own bubble – it’s more island-like than many places on the Scottish west coastWith only one road to follow on a clockwise loop to Campbeltown, your sat-nav is redundant.
- Or, as Niall Macalister Hall puts it, when we meet at the Beinn an Tuirc distillery on Torrisdale Estate: “Kintyre exists in its own bubble – it’s more island-like than many places on the Scottish west coast.