Walk Islay, Cycle Islay

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Big skies, soaring eagles, red deer, miles of sandy beaches, bird watching all year round and its famous smoky malts.
Islay has a place in the heart of every whisky lover, but it’s not just the world-class distilleries that draw visitors to this beautiful island. With miles of sandy beaches, outstanding Scottish wildlife and a rich Hebridean heritage, there’s so much to see and do on Islay.

There are many walks and trails of varying lengths and ability.

There are over 70 routes whether along the coast, inland or up a hill or mountain perfect for walking or cycling.

There is a lovely woodland trail at Bridgend, or spectacular cliff walk at the Oa RSPB Reserve with stunning views and lots of fascinating birdlife to spot. Loch Gruinart offers a choice of woodland trails including a visit to the RSPB hide. And for the more strenuous, after visiting the local distilleries follow the cliff walk north of Ardbeg or head inland to Solam and the abandoned 18th century village. The strenuous walk from Bunnahabhain to Rhuvaal lighthouse, the most northerly point on Islay with amazing views of Jura, offers you the chance to spot otters and seals.

Take the short ferry ride to Jura’s top natural wonder, is its three peaks known as the Paps of Jura.

The highest is Beinn an Oir (748m), then Benn Shiantaidh (755m) and Beinn a’Chaolais (734m). There are optional routes to take, varying from three to six miles and to climb all three peaks will take around eight to nine hours. You can roam pretty much anywhere on Jura, but the walks are all tough. If you’re walking during the stalking season, make sure you contact the estate office.

There’s plenty for kids to do too, and Islay is a great place for an active family holiday in Scotland.

Islay has a varied geology which in turn gives rise to a diverse range of natural habitats from moorland to peat bogs. Enjoy an outdoor adventure on Islay, with fantastic golf, walking, cycling, fishing and kayaking on offer.

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Full Scottish breakfast
  • A packed lunch per person
  • Suggested walking or cycling routes on Islay and Jura
  • Complimentary wi-fi
May – September 2021
From £225 per room, per night

October 2021 – March 2022
From £135 per room, per night

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