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.