Day 120 : Carradale – Tayinloan

Today the Kintyre Way goes cross country from the east coast to the west coast. I drop my bike off at one end in the bushes so that I can use it at the end to get back to my car.

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The path leaves Carradale by the café I visited yesterday and climb into the woods. It eventually opens out with views opening out across the water to the Isle of Arran and Goat Fell, it’s highest peak.

The walk is a combination of forest tracks and roads, some of them quite steep. At the top of one hill is a wind farm owned by E-ON where there were some contractors putting rotor blades onto a wind turbine.

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Soon after this I come across a herd of Highland cattle straddled across the track. I was not keen on walking through them, there horns look quite big close up. Fortunately a contractors van passed by which shifted them and cleared a path for me.

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Yesterday I planned on passing through Saddell Bay, but I thought today I would take a closer look after the walk. This is where Paul McCartney shot the promotional video for his “Mull of Kintyre” song. In the video the Campbeltown Pipe Band play whilst marching along the beach, and loads of people join in at the end of the song and ends up with a big bonfire on the beach.

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For the last few night I have been staying at the Campbeltown Backpackers Bunkhouse. This is a comfortable, well equipped converted old schoolhouse right in the centre of Campbeltown. I met some great people whilst I has there and enjoyed my stay.

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One of those friends was Mark who has just taken up the post of Editor of the Campbeltown Courier. He interviewed and photographed me for an article in the paper.