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  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: April to September (Daily except Sundays)
  • Location: Isle of Arran
Tour Details

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.

Starting Location

Isle of Arran

Price Includes

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast
  • 3 star graded hotels/guest houses
  • Information Pack
  • Photographic route book and Maps
  • Taxi on Day 8 to Port Ellen Docks.
  • GPS Files on request

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • Ferry cost approx £40 (based 2020)
  • Bus cost £20 (based 2020)
  • Upgrade to 5 star on Islay
  • Lunches, Dinner and Snacks
  • Public Transport
  • Travel Insurance
Trip Info

Difficulty

Walks from 4 hours to 6 hours with climbs up to around 450m maximum height, but most days a fairly easy walking

Accommodation

Standard – 3-star Hotels/Guesthouses or upgrade to 5-star accommodation on Islay.

Travel Insurance

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.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival – Brodick – Isle of Arran

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.

Day 2Goat fell circular – Brodick to Sannox (option of a low level walk – Brodick to Sannox 7.3 miles/11.8km, up 150m).

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.  Distance 10.2 miles, 16 km up 840 m up/down.

Day 3Sannox to Lochranza

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. Distance 8.1 miles 13km up 260m.

Day 4Lamlash/Whiting Bay 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. Lamlash – Distance 6.2 miles 10 km up 150m, Whiting Bay – 11.5 miles 18.4km 150m up

Day 5transfer to Islay – Port Askaig/Ballygrant

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.

Day 6/7Islay circular walks

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

  1. One option today takes you north to Bunnahabhain and past the distillery before heading inland in a circular fashion to Ballygrant. From Ballygrant we take an east route back toward Port Askaig via the little Loch Ballygrant. Distance 13 miles 21 km up 100m.
  2. Our second option is a shorter walk. First a short transfer by public bus to Bridgend where the walk starts. The walk explores Bridgend woods near to Islay House. A pretty flat walk around a pretty lake before following a narrow footpath from the woods. On route you will have a chance to visit a working woollen mill (if open). Return to Ballygrant/Port Askaig by public bus. Distance 4.3  miles, 7km.
  3. Our third option is on the other side of Islay but if you have any interest in Scottish whisky then it is well worth the journey across the island for the walk. Today first a journey by public bus to Port Ellen. Here your 3 distilleries walk starts along a tarmac path, you shall pass the distilleries, Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. You return back on the same path but as Port Ellen comes back into view you can turn off slightly uphill and do a small detour walk to visit there separate standing stones monuments. Return back to Ballygrant/Port Askaig by public bus 8.2 miles, 13 km , 150 m up.
  4. The forth option starts and finishes in Bowmore, the Islands main town and takes in Laggan Point. First today you take the public bus to Bowmore.  Bowmore has a whisky distillery which is well worth a visit. After the visit take the walk mainly along tracks and some pathless grassy sections to Laggan point. Many chances to view bird life and sea life on this walk. Some chances for a detour to a nice sandy beach.  Distance 8.1 miles, 14 km up 30 m.

Day 8Departure

Your Scotland island hopping holiday is now finished, a taxi will pick you up at 8.15am to take you to Port Ellen for the 9.45am ferry to Kennacraig where you can take a coach back to Glasgow. The earliest you can reach Glasgow is around 15:00

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How to get there

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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