Tayinloan to Carradale – Kintyre Way Ultra Stage 1 (Recce)

Today I done a recce run of the first section of the “Kintyre Way Ultra” which I will be running in May! A 16 mile route running from Tayinloan over to Carradale on the opposite coast. Garmin map bellow:

Route Map
Route Map
Elevation chart!
Elevation chart!

The run itself was amazing! Spectacular views, crazy terrain (Ice and snow) and a great run through Deucharan wind farm.
The Beach

The start of the route from Taiynloan is a short run through the village and along the beach.

A sea view!
A sea view!
Bonnie beach section to start!
Bonnie beach section to start!

The First Accent

After the beach I followed the path up to the start of a forestry track that began to climb up the hillside. I got a few odd looks from workers in the lay-by who were not able to get up the hill. It was Incredibly slipy from the ice and snow. The initial accent lasted about 4 miles to the top off Deucharan hill where the views were unreal. Breathtaking. It’s moments like this, when you break over the top of the hill and are met by such an epic landscape that you remember why you love trail running.

View back down to the sea!
View back down to the sea!
Beautiful hill top!
Beautiful hill top!
The Icey Road facing back towards the start!
The icy road facing back towards the start!
Winter Sunshine!
Winter Sunshine!
The Amazing up here!
Its amazing up here!
OMG WUUUTTTT! Unreal!
Unreal views!

The Wind Tower

Running through a wind farm is certainly a novelty! Was amazing to be up so close to the huge towers!

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HUUGE windt ower at D**
HUUGE wind  tower at Deucharan
Well earned power snack!
Well earned power snack!

What Goes Up, Must Go Down

A beautiful decent down the other side of the hill with great views. Only a couple of tumbles on the ice…

Hurray! finally descending!
Hurray! finally descending!
I slipped a few times...
I slipped a few times…
Amazing views of the Glen!
Amazing views of the Glen!

The Home Stretch

The forestry track into Carradale was a nice run through the woodland and down into the village, arriving at the Village hall. This was deceptively the iciest part of the run

Brief section of tarmac!
Brief section of tarmac!
Gorgeous sky!
Gorgeous sky!
Super Icy!
Super Icy!  MIGHT have fallen a few times again…
Somebody beat me to it!
Somebody beat me to it!
Coming into carradale
Coming into carradale
Arrived at the village hall!
Arrived at the village hall!

Recovery Jog

After the run, my legs were getting very cold standing still. I went a short jog down to Carradale Harbour to await my lift!

Beautiful views!
Beautiful views!

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