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Argyll & The Isles Walk


Itinerary for Argyll & The Isles Walk



Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: The Green Isle of Kerrera
We meet in Oban late morning, coinciding with the arrival of the train from Glasgow. After introductions, we head straight to our first island - Kerrera. Just south of Oban, we take a small boat across the strait to this small island, which has about 100 residents. We enjoy a superb hike which takes a circular route covering the southern half of the island. On the way, we pass the ruined outpost of Gylen Castle, once a stronghold for the MacDougall clan. The views are wonderful and will whet the appetite for the week ahead! After hopping back across to the mainland, we transfer 30 minutes south to our hotel. Set in a fantastic coastal location, all rooms benefit from sea views. We enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.
Ascent: approx. 300 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 0 m / approx. 4-5 hours (10 km / 6 miles)
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Loch Melfort


Day 2: Kilmartin Glen & Argyll's Beavers
Picturesque Kilmartin Glen is one of the richest sites in Europe for prehistoric remains. Our morning walk takes us on a circular route through some of the most interesting sites, including Celtic crosses, medieval grave slabs, Bronze Age chambered cairns and standing stones. In the afternoon we visit the home Scotland’s only wild Beaver population, which were reintroduced to the wild after being extinct here for over 400 years. We take a fascinating tour with the knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff and perhaps take a short wander along the nearby Crinan Canal before returning to our hotel.
Ascent: approx. 50 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 0 m / approx. 3-4 hours (up to 8 km / 5 miles)

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Hotel in Loch Melfort


Day 3: The Wild Island of Jura
With a privately chartered boat at our disposal, this day is sure to be a highlight of the trip. We’ll venture, with a flexible approach, to the rarely-visited Isle of Jura to enjoy some wild hiking. We may land in West Loch Tarbert and hike coast to coast, being collected by our boat on the eastern shores. Or we may hike point to point along the east coast, passing George Orwell’s cottage and enjoying fantastic views back to Argyll. Whatever hike we undertake, our boat will detour to the Corryvreckan Whirlpool, so we can appreciate the power of Scotland’s largest tidal whirlpool - from a safe distance!
Ascent: approx. 350 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 0 m / approx. 4-5 hours (11 km / 7 miles)
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight in Hotel in Loch Melfort


Day 4: Sail to Islay & Hike to Killinallan Point
After an early breakfast, we transfer 1 hour south to Kennacraig, where we catch the 9.45am ferry across to Islay. On arrival, we drive to Loch Gruinart Nature Reserve where we enjoy lunch as we look for birds such as cuckoos, corncrakes and hen harriers. Afterwards, we enjoy a hike which explores the shoreline of Loch Gruinart and Killinallan Point, visiting beautiful beaches and offering views north to the islands of Colonsay and Mull.
Ascent: approx. 50 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 0 m / approx. 4-5 hours (10 km / 6 miles)
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight in Brigden


Day 5: Woodland Wander & Islay Woolen Mill
Enjoy a change of pace with a woodland exploration this morning. On the way, we stop into a working wooden mill producing beautiful woven products which have featured in many Hollywood films. We will have some time to admire some other local crafts, including a tiny brewery which is the only beer producer on this island dedicated to whisky. Depending on time we may head out for another short hike along Islay’s beautiful Machair dunes.
Ascent: approx. 23 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 0 m / approx. 2 hours (7 km / 4.25 miles)
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight in Brigden


Day 6: Mountains, Monuments & Single Malts
Our walk today explores the Oa Peninsula in the far south of Islay. We hike up to the American Monument, which commemorates the loss of two troops ships in 1918. We then follow a dramatic cliff-top trail past an Iron Age fort to reach the summit of Beinn Mhor. Although just 200m high, this is a superb viewpoint - on a clear day, the coast of Northern Ireland can be seen! After the hike we recover by visiting one of Islay’s whisky distilleries before returning to the hotel, perhaps making a short detour on the way to enjoy a late afternoon stroll at Machir Bay before our farewell dinner.
Ascent: approx. 250 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 0 m / approx. 4-5 hours (9 km / 6 miles)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Brigden

Day 7: Journey Back to Oban
After breakfast, we take the morning ferry back onto the Argyll mainland, keeping a lookout for wildlife and admiring the views as we sail. Once back in Kennacraig, it’s a 90-minute transfer back to Oban. We should arrive by 2pm. Trains south to Glasgow depart at approx 2.30pm.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

PLEASE NOTE - The itinerary may be subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors.

This holiday is suitable for active travelers 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.
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Argyll & The Isles Walk
Tour Code: ZZ-HK-WS03
7 days / 6 nights ~$2,280.00
Dates: May to Sept

Level : Fitness Level
Difficulty Levels Explained
1. Easy
Easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. You should be in good health and fit enough for full day of normal sightseeing and walking.
2. Easy to Moderate
An average level of fitness or some experience with the featured activity is recommended.
3. Moderate
Requires you to have performed the featured activity regularly, with some periods on challenging terrain. Activities are mandatory and you may be traveling at high elevations. You need to be in good health and physical condition to enjoy these trips, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
4. Demanding
You must be extremely physically fit and are expected to hike or ride four to six hours over steep or more rugged terrain.
5. Strenuous
Prolonged hiking/biking on moderate to difficult terrain (five to nine hours a day).
May include high altitude, rugged terrain etc..
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