Funding boost for popular walking route

A recent convert to the Kintyre Way, 70-year-old George Dunlop celebrates news of funding.

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Fans of the Kintyre Way are celebrating as the 100-mile walking route has been awarded £7,890 in Lottery funding.

A section of the Kintyre Way route.

The cash will help to buy equipment for maintenance volunteers – such as gloves,
secateurs and hi-viz vests – as well as much-needed materials, including timber and
hardcore.

It will also be used to help set up volunteer groups in village locations close to
sections of the way and establish peninsula-wide interest groups in maintenance,
fundraising and promotion.

The project will run for 12 months and it’s hoped the increased involvement in
volunteering and growth in popularity of the route itself for physical activity will
make a hugely positive difference to community health and wellbeing.

One recent convert to the Kintyre Way is 70-year-old George Dunlop. George
has climbed all the Munros and is currently working through the Corbetts, with 58 to
go.

After a short visit to Campbeltown to visit friends he decided to move to Kintyre in
November.

George said: ‘It was really amazing getting out on the Kintyre Way.

‘The variety of terrain and beautiful scenery made it a brilliant adventure. Seeing the wild goats on the section between Machrihanish and Southend was a highlight, as was walking along the beaches at Southend and the Learside as well as the views on the west.

‘The cross-peninsula sections from Campbeltown to Carradale and Carradale to
Tayinloan, then Clachan to Skipness really are unique and I’d definitely recommend
walking the Kintyre Way.

‘I’ve had some adventures in my time but this was up there with the best.’

Despite the restrictions due to Covid-19, the Kintyre Way has beaten the odds to remain
one of Argyll’s best-loved tourist attractions.

A Kintyre Way group, formed in 2017, has already raised much-needed funds to carry
out major maintenance projects on the 100-mile route that meanders from Tarbert to
Campbeltown.

The group has also formed Friends of the Kintyre Way, whose volunteers monitor the route and carry out smaller maintenance tasks, including having a large number of the marker posts repainted.

Alan Milstead, convenor of the Kintyre Way, said: ‘We’ve actually achieved a lot
this year, despite the effects of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘The route is in excellent condition and we’re more than ready to welcome all of the
staycationers who are planning to explore Scotland in 2021.

‘With this in mind, we’re also keen to get serviced accommodation providers
engaged so that we can encourage walkers to explore Kintyre.’

Anyone who would like to participate in meetings, hear the group’s reports and get
regular updates, is asked to email the group at thekinyreway@gmail.com.