Discover Scotland on this Scottish island hopping walking holiday. We have a number of walking holidays in Scotland. However, this walking holiday lets you explore on your own Scottish island holiday.
On this Scotland hiking vacation you will explore the Isles of Arran, and Islay. One of Scotland’s greatest scenic assets are its famous Western Isles. Often very remote, often a haven for wildlife and bird life, often very little explored by the tourist due to the lack of accommodation, limits the numbers of people who can visit.
Our tour starts off on the Isle of Arran, just off the west coast of Scotland which can easily be reached from Glasgow’s airports by train. Arran is known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’. This is because the scenery has all that Scotland as a whole is famous for; dramatic coastlines of the west coast of Scotland, mountains and glens and rolling pastures to the south, mountains ( highest 950m).
After three days on Arran, we have a day transferring by Island Hopping over to the Isle of Islay. Islay is a whisky lovers paradise. The clean waters and air have made it a classic location for many famous malts. Such names as Oban, Isle of Jura, Bunnahahain, Bruichladdich, Laphroaic, Ardbeg, Bowmore to name but a few. You will enjoy many choices of Islay walks while staying on the island.
Come and join us on one of our Scottish Island Hopping holidays and explore these beautiful Scottish Islands.
Isle of Arran
Walks from 4 hours to 6 hours with climbs up to around 450m maximum height, but most days a fairly easy walking
Standard – 3-star Hotels/Guesthouses or upgrade to 5-star accommodation on Islay.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Arrival into Glasgow at Glasgow Prestwick airport where you can take the train to Ardrossan. Here you take the ferry to Arran. Ferries cross several times a day to Arran and the trip lasts around 1 hour.
Today your walk takes you past Brodick Castle and up the valley to the top of Goat Fell, Arran’s highest peak at 874m. Then you descend down the neighbouring glen to Sannox. Take a coffee in a local hotel before your short bus ride back to Brodick.
A short transfer by public bus to Sannox. Today’s walk takes you along the rugged coastline from Sannox to Lochranza. Mostly right on the edge of the sea. Lochranza is a remote hamlet of a few houses and a tiny ferry port where you catch the ferry to the mainland. Lochranza is very romantic with its ancient castle sitting not far from the coast and often the setting for a fabulous photoshoot which is very typical Scottish. Lochranza also has its own whisky distillery. On today’s walk, you can look for seals, porpoises and whales offshore. Transfer back by bus to Brodick.
Start with a short transfer to Lamlash or Whiting Bay which is south of Brodick. If you start in Whiting bay you first set off around Kingscross point where the is an ancient cairn. You then follow the coastline around to Lamlash. If there is high tide there is an inland route option. Once in Lamlash take the optional ferry to Holy Island, the home of a Buddhist Monks Monastery/Retreat. The walk follows the coastline north back to Brodick through rolling coastlines.
Today you take the public bus with your luggage to Lochranza, across on the ferry to the Kintyre peninsular. Then a short bus transfer 8km to the other side of the peninsular before taking the ferry to Port Askaig on Islay. Once in Port Askaig, if you are booked into accommodation in Ballygrant then you shall take the public bus the short 3 miles/5 km journey to your accommodation.
Now on Islay, you will notice the influence of Gaelic – many landmarks of the Gaelic nature and some words become almost impossible to pronounce. You have today a choice between three Islay hikes. There are none or limited public bus services on Sunday’s
Your Scottish island hopping holiday is now finished, a taxi will pick you up at 8.15 am to take you to Port Ellen for the 9.45 am ferry to Kennacraig where you can take a coach back to Glasgow. The earliest you can reach Glasgow is around 15:00. Check on City Link for coach times.
Plane to Edinburgh or Glasgow airport where trains are available to Ardrossan ferry terminal.
Car to Ardrossan where parking is available
Train/Bus to Ardrossan where parking is available
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