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Wilderness Walking – Argyll & the Isles

  • Explore the beautiful Argyll Peninsula, visiting four islands which hug its western coastline, spending the final two nights at a lovely hotel on the whisky island of Islay.
  • Take a privately chartered boat to the wild island of Jura, detouring to view the turbulent waters of the famous Corryvreckan Whirlpool.
  • Stay in two welcoming small hotels, each with a tranquil coastal setting, with wonderful meals providing the perfect end to each day.
  • 6 nights accommodation in comfortable small hotels
  • Most meals during the trip (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide / driver throughout
  • All transport throughout the trip starting and finishing in Oban, including ferry fares
  • A private boat charter on Day 4
  • Tour of a whisky distillery with tastings

Green Graded Walking Holidays

Green graded walking holidays are suitable for for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will be typically 8-10km but there may be the odd slightly longer day. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

We spend our nights in welcoming and friendly country house hotels: the first four nights at Loch Melfort, south of Oban, and the final two nights at Port Charlotte on the Isle of Islay. Accommodation is in twin or double rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities. Please note that we can offer a maximum of two single rooms on this itinerary.

Both accommodations are owner-managed and a warm welcome is assured. You can relax and enjoy their tranquil coastal locations, indulging in wonderful meals and perhaps tasting a local whisky or two.

Food is of paramount importance and our meals are prepared from the best local produce. We’ll enjoy wonderful home-cooked meals each evening, with good, healthy portions. Naturally, vegetarians and other dietary requirements are willingly catered for – simply let us know at the time of booking.

SINGLE ROOMS

There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you require a single room please request this at the time of booking and we will check availability for you. Please note that we can offer a maximum of two single rooms on this itinerary. The single supplement is £335 and is subject to availability.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide in the centre of Oban Railway Station at 11:30am on Day 1 of your trip. We aim to return to Oban by 2:00pm on the last day.

Trip Details

Argyll and the Isles is a glorious coastal region of western Scotland. Known for its glittering sea lochs, wild islands, hills and glens, it is perfect for exploring on foot. 

While the scenery of Argyll is outstanding, the ancient heritage, abundant wildlife and whisky distilleries are equally appealing. This fascinating itinerary takes you on a journey through the Argyll peninsula and several of its islands, including the whisky island of Islay and the hard-to-reach Isle of Jura.

The daily guided hikes link prehistoric sites, nature reserves and whisky distilleries, all set against the backdrop of green hills and the rolling Atlantic. We finish the trip with two nights on the Isle of Islay – a wild and beautiful island on the very western fringe of Scotland – known for its eight whisky distilleries, prolific birdlife and stunning coastal landscapes.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Meeting in the port of Oban late morning, we enjoy an afternoon hike around the Isle of Kerrera, passing a 16th century castle along the way. Late afternoon, we return to the Argyll mainland and transfer south to our hotel, which benefits from incredible sea views from every room. We enjoy a welcome dinner overlooking the bay and islands while the sun sets. (L, D)

Walk details: 10km, 300m of ascent, approx 5 hrs

Day 2 – A short ferry journeys takes us to the Isle of Gigha, an often-overlooked gem of the Hebrides. With white sandy beaches, rolling green landscapes and friendly residents, it’s a pleasure to explore this little island on foot. (B, L)

Walk details: up to 10km, 100m ascent, approx 4 hrs

Day 3 – We walk back in time on a morning hike through the prehistoric sites of Kilmartin Glen, which include Celtic crosses, Bronze Age chambered cairns and stone circles. Afterwards, we visit Dunadd, said to be the birthplace of Scotland, before seeking out signs of the colony of European beavers near Crinan. A memorable day walking in Argyll. (B, L)

Walk details: 8km, 50m ascent, approx 3 hrs

Day 4 – A privately chartered boat whisks us out to the wild and hard-to-reach Isle of Jura, the 8th largest island in Scotland but with a population of less than 200 people. On the way, we detour to see (from a safe distance!) the 3rd largest whirlpool in the world, the Corryvreckan. Landing on Jura, which may be Scotland’s wildest island, there are endless possibilities for fantastic hikes – our guide will select the best option for the day. (B, L)

Walk details: up to 11km, 350m , approx 5 hrs

Day 5 – After breakfast, we take the ferry to the Isle of Islay – Scotland’s whisky island – which will be our base for the next two nights. On arrival, we visit a nature reserve and then enjoy a circular hike on the shores of Loch Gruinart, enjoying views north to the islands of Colonsay and Mull. We overnight at a wonderful 4-star hotel on the west of the island. (B, L)

Walk details: 10km, 50m ascent, approx 4 hrs

Day 6 – Mountains, monuments and single malts are the main features of this fantastic day walking on Islay. Our hike explores the Oa Peninsula, passing The American Monument which commemorates two ships which were lost in 1918. We then hike along a cliff-top trail, taking in far-ranging vistas which stretch as far as Ireland! After our hike, we recover with a visit to one of Islay’s famous whisky distilleries. We end the day with a stroll on Islay’s most beautiful beach before returning to our hotel for a farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 9km, 250m ascent, approx 4 hrs

Day 7 – We take the morning ferry back to mainland Argyll and transfer north to Oban, arriving in time to catch the early afternoon train back south to Glasgow and beyond. (B, L)

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A plus - a totally fun trip from start to finish. Well organized. Fellow travelers and our guide Gordon were a pleasure to be with. Read the trip dossier and the gear list and bring what you are told to bring (did I mention good rain gear?) and it will be a great experience.

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by Kimberly Miller 07/08/2018

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This was my third trip with Wilderness Scotland, and the first one on which I brought along four extended family members. We had a great time! All of us agreed that this company provides a fantastic value for the money, and works hard to ensure that all guests have a terrific experience with great attention to detail and a lovely personal touch. I will continue to recommend Wilderness Scotland to all who ask about my Scotland travels.

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