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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.