Ben Ghuilean

If you have a couple of hours to spare, climb Ben Ghuilean and see magnificent views!

By John

Sometimes you might have a couple of hours and want to do something to pass the time. The Beinn Ghuilean circuit, Campbeltown, is a great way to do this. It’s not very strenuous, and the terrain is straightforward, even for me! What I did find confusing was the signage, but then again, I see lots of things as complicated.

What’s the walk like?

You’ll find it starts at the trail entrance at the head of Tomaig Road, but it’s less disruptive to residents and a prefered option if you park in town. As we were on holiday in Carradale then, I dutifully parked the car near Aqualibrium and set out with the kids up Tomaig Road past the Creamery.

The walk is effortless going. There are fantastic views as you progress through the route. Key points are the cattle gate at the farm and the signposted start of the trails further on with fabulous views of Crosshill Loch to the left. Crosshill Loch is the water source for some local distilleries!

“Beinn Ghuilean has multiple spellings having suffered anglicisation when the Ordnance Survey maps were drawn up. Translated from Gaelic, it means “Hill of Shoulders”… gualainn being a shoulder!”

Are you feeling lost?

Honestly, this walk is easy, but even as a seasoned hiker, I was seduced by the beautiful forestry trail. You can follow that, but if you follow it to its conclusion, it’s a dead end.

So instead, shortly after you see the start of the trail (the signpost) and after you pass Crosshill Loch, lookout for a blue post with a boot print on it above head level, it will be next to a dark coloured ramp on the right side of the trail. Get yourself up that and follow the woodland path and you’ll be fine.

“The Forestry Commission is said to be investing in local walks in and around the Ben Ghuilean area soon which is great news for signage buffs and everyone else!”

Bench with a view

Once you reach the seat at the top, you have gorgeous views over Campbeltown and can take a leisurely walk down to the right. It’s a great little walk, not too strenuous at all and has an excellent reward for your eyes at the end. On a clear day, it’s possible to see the east and western edges of Kintyre!

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