Day 118 : Carskey – Machrihanish

I am surprised that the Kintyre Way does not go to the lighthouse on the south-west corner of the peninsular. I decided that as I had walked all this way I was not going to miss it.

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My route involved a seven mile slog down a single track road, I had plenty of cyclists who passed with a cheery hello and a shake of the hand. I even saw a Roe Deer on the road ahead of me but it didn’t hang around for the photo call.

I had some great views to take in including Northern Ireland and the Morne mountains. It was hard to imagine that it was only 12 miles away, it looked closer than that.

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When the single track road ends there is a windy bridle path down to the lighthouse. I could not help but hum Paul McCartney’s song “Mull of Kintyre” as I trundled along.

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I noticed an overgrown helipad alongside the lighthouse, I guess there is no need for it any longer.

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Machrihanish has a good beach over 2 miles long and a popular golf course for people taking golfing breaks. It has an airport nearby which is a former RAF airfield. I think the airport is now run by the community and is known as Campbeltown Airport.

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It’s been a long and exhilarating day and looking forward to putting my feet up.