Day 122 : Kennacraig – Tigheata

Kennacraig is barely a hamlet but it does have a turning off the main A83 road to a jetty. From here Caladonian McBrayne (CalMac) run ferries to Port Ellen and Part Askaig on the Isle of Islay and also to the Island of Colonsay.


The Isle of Islay has about 130 miles of coastline and at one time about 8 malt whisky distilleries. Probably the most famous are Laphroaig, Ardbeg and Bowmore. Besides whisky the isle has some beautiful beaches and a RSPB reserve at Loch Gruinirt.

Colonsay is a much smaller island standing between the isles of Islay and Mull. The main town or village is Scalasaig where the ferry turns round.


I follow the main road from Kennacraig to Tarbet, the main port and harbour at the northern end of the Kintyre peninsular which is only a couple of miles wide at this point. The main shops and cafes surround the harbour front.


There is a ferry which goes to Portavadie which cuts out the long road trip around the coast towards Glasgow. Down the road at Claonaig there is also a ferry that takes you to Lochranza on the Isle of Arran.


I take the Kilberry road out of Tarbet which is single track with passing places. The roads are quite good, probably because the route is used by logging lorries.


As I walk down the lochside I see the ferry leaving Kennacraig on the other side of the loch and make its way down the channel.