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Walking, Whisky & Wildlife

£1075 pp

Scotland, Scottish Highlands

6 Nights/7 Days

8 People Per Guide (private tour minimum 4)

Walking, Whisky & Wildlife

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What You'll Do

22 August, 2021. Head to the stunning Scottish Islands, for a walking week that will take you off the beaten track to stunning mountains, local whisky distilleries, beautiful deserted beaches and forests teeming with wildlife uncovered for you by your local guide.

Islay is our first destination; it is the southernmost of the Inner Hebrides islands off the west coast of Scotland, and along with the neighbouring island of Jura, it’s known for its whisky. Seven distilleries produce the island’s characteristically peaty single malts.

The island’s better kept secret is that of its beautiful coastline with gorgeous beaches and the fact that it is home to a great variety of wonderful seabirds.
Jura, a short hop from Islay is much more rugged, dominated by the rough Paps and has a huge population of red deer as well as its solitary distillery.

The second half of the week is spent on Mull, which has the highest mountains we will see on the trip and also affords the opportunity to visit the island of Iona, the historic ”cradle of Christianity” in Scotland.

The holiday includes 6 nights full board accommodation and 5 full days of guided walking on the four islands.

Departure will be from Edinburgh on the first Sunday of the hiking holiday, with a second pick-up in Glasgow, returning around 3pm on the following Saturday.

The first day of travel to the islands will be taken at a leisurely pace to allow for general sightseeing and stops en-route.

The itinerary gives a flavour for some of the walks we are likely to do during your week, with some easier walks and more challenging mountain hikes, but this is flexible.

Accommodation and Meals:

Your accommodation is in selected small bed and breakfasts and larger guest houses on the islands of Islay and Mull which we have personally selected and where you will be warmly received by your host.

Evening meals for the whole group are normally taken at a local inn or restaurant and we make a special effort to ensure that they are a highlight! Seafood is a particular speciality on this trip.

The walking throughout this tour is suitable for people of reasonable fitness who enjoy walking and the outdoors but who needn’t necessarily have any previous hiking experience.

Walks each day are between 5-7 hours, with some lower level walks with little ascent and the option of one challenging day involving some mountain ascent. You will be on pathways throughout the week, but this can vary to being quite rugged or sometimes boggy. If you have any doubts about your suitability for the trip please just ask! we are happy to advise.

By booking this tour you are joining a group trip, however, should you wish to travel with friends and opt for a private tour at any time of the year, please get in touch. Minimum of 4 travellers.

Experience
Highlights

Discover magical stretches of beach and traditional distilleries on the isle of Islay

Explore the rugged interior off the beaten track, and spot red deer on Jura

Gaze in awe at the coastal mountains that rise up from the sea on Mull

Wander the idyllic holy island of Iona and discover crumbling old abbeys

Your Local Host:

Jon Haber

I am an outdoor ‘nut’ , starting when I was in the Scouts as a kid and loved doing night hikes on Cannock Chase (great for map reading), trips to the Peak District and Wales, and then my interest really took off when I was at UEA Norwich – organising Fell and Cave trips which took students to all the hilly and interesting parts Read More

Experience Itinerary

Arrive in the Highlands

Travel to Islay – We will depart Edinburgh at 08.00am (Glasgow pick-up 10am) and head off to Kennecraig on the Mull of Kintyre with some short sightseeing stops en-route, if time allows. Highlights include Loch Lomond, Arrochar and the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar. Mid afternoon arrival on Islay should allow time for a short beach walk before dinner.

Discover Islay's Whisky

Islay – Starting at the Bunnahabhain distillery, we walk out to northern tip of Islay with its sheltered sandy beach, cliffs and sea-worn arches returning along a rough coastal path to the distillery where we have time for a tour and tasting.

Hiking in the Home of Whisky

Jura – After a short ferry ride over to Jura, we can spend the day walking across the island amongst the rocky Paps of Jura hills before a tour and tasting at the Jura Distillery before returning to the accommodation on Islay.
7m/12km, 150m/492ft, rough path, 5-6 hours.

Visit the Isle of Mull

Transfer to Mull – We take the 3 hour ferry journey via Colonsay to Craignure on Mull, allowing time for a short coastal walk before traveling to our accommodation in the picturesque harbour town of Tobermory.

The Holy Island

Iona – A whole day is spent walking around the holy island of Iona, off Mull’s westernmost point before time for a tour around the Abbey, the burial place of Scotland’s Kings.
6 miles/10km, minimal ascent, tracks and beach walking.

Explore Magical Skye

Ben More – We can either go for an ascent of the only island Munro outside of Skye, or a good walk on easier tracks on the lower slopes.
6m/10km, 3100ft/966m ascent, track and paths, 6 hrs.

Return to Edinburgh

Return to Edinburgh – We leave Mull early morning, arriving back to Edinburgh at approximately 2-3pm.

Reviews (2)

Brenda G

Sunday 9th June, 2019

We did the 6 day Walking, Wildlife and Whisky Tour of the Inner Hebrides. It was a great experience. Our tour guide, Peter, was fabulous. Very knowledgeable, well organised and fun, he really did make the whole trip very enjoyable. The accommodation ...

We did the 6 day Walking, Wildlife and Whisky Tour of the Inner Hebrides. It was a great experience. Our tour guide, Peter, was fabulous. Very knowledgeable, well organised and fun, he really did make the whole trip very enjoyable. The accommodation was all superb, the walking was not too difficult, and we saw a lot of birdlife and some otters, seals and deer. We chose to climb Ben More on the second to last day. It was quite challenging in parts but we were very glad we did it - the view was incredible! The group we were with (4 other people) were a lot of fun and we enjoyed getting to know them. There were a couple of minor hiccups but overall we were very happy with the experience.

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Anon

Monday 12th June, 2017

I have had a wonderful one week experience visiting the smaller isles on the west of Scotland: Islay, Jura, Mull and Iona. Each isle was delightful in its own way. As presented by our guide, I enjoyed the local atmosphere of each isle, had an acquain...

I have had a wonderful one week experience visiting the smaller isles on the west of Scotland: Islay, Jura, Mull and Iona. Each isle was delightful in its own way. As presented by our guide, I enjoyed the local atmosphere of each isle, had an acquaintance with its inhabitants and a view of its nature. Our group was provided with an excellent and knowledgeable guide in Davey Battle who went out of his way to see that each of us had a special experience and a view of Scotland to remember. I will always have a love of the land and an appreciation for its ferries.

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Location Information

Departure will be from Edinburgh at 08.30am on the first Sunday of the hiking holiday, with a second pick-up in Glasgow at 10.00, returning around 3pm on the following Saturday. The first day of travel to the island will be taken at a leisurely pace to allow for general sightseeing and stops en-route.

You will visit the islands of Jura, Islay, Mull and Iona.

  • 5 days walking
  • 6 nights B&B accommodation
  • 6 evening meals
  • Ferry connections throughout
  • Transport from Edinburgh

FAQs

Please note that single rooms are hard to obtain in this more remote area and that en-suite facilities for singles may not always be available. Please check with us when you book.

Specific dietary requirements can normally be catered for if we know in advance.