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Island Hopping in Scotland Walking Holiday
on the Southern Hebrides
in The Western Isles of Scotland
8 nights and 7 days walking
Day by Day Itinerary

On this 53 mile Scottish walking holiday you hike the Western Isles of Arran, Islay and Jura.

Island Hopping walking holiday in Scotland with Let's Go Walking

Island Hopping walking holiday in Scotland with Lets Go Walking

Island Hopping walking holiday in Scotland with Lets Go Walking

Island Hopping walking holiday in Scotland with Lets Go Walking

Island Hopping in Scotland Walking Holiday
on the Southern Hebrides
in The Western Isles of Scotland
on The Isles of Islay, Jura and Arran
via Oban in The Scottish Highland

This self-guided Island Hopping in Scotland walking holiday takes you
through the Isles of Islay, Jura and Arran in the
Southern Hebrides. These remote islands, a haven for wildlife and bird life, are very quiet and peaceful, making it an ideal location for a walking holiday.

Our Island Hopping in Scotland walking holiday starts off with a ferry ride from Oban to Islay. The first day’s walking is on Islay, a Whisky lovers paradise, followed by a day trip to the Island of Jura. Then you walk for 3 days on Arran, known as “Scotland in Miniature” because the scenery has all that the whole of Scotland is famous for: dramatic coastlines, glens, rolling pastures and mountains (highest 950m).
The clean waters and air have made this area a classic location for many famous malts, such names as Oban, Isle of Jura, Bunnahahain, Bruichladdich, Laphroaic, Ardbeg, Bowmore to name but a few.

For a longer walking holiday in Scotland you can combine this Island Hopping in Scotland walking holiday with the Arran Coastal Way, or a walk along the Scottish Highlands Great Glen from Fort William to Inverness on the Great Glen Way.

Our self-guided walking holidays are designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind and can be tailor-made to your own personal requirements.

The routes are clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your hiking vacation.

We use high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels with en-suite or private bathroom to ensure you are well rested each night after a busy day hiking and sightseeing. Rest assured that all our accommodation walking holiday providers are hand-picked and offer you that famous British hospitality.

Special diets can be catered for, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.

We organize the luggage transfer so your bags are at your next accommodation when you arrive.

Let’s Go Walking has developed one of the largest selection of walking holidays and our offices are staffed 9am to 9pm to ensure your walking holiday runs without a hitch.

This walking holiday in the UK operates April to September and in either direction.

These daily distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
Our stated distances include mileage to the accommodation or pickup point and so may not agree with the guide book mileages.
Rest days can be taken in any location.

Why not combine this walk with a hiking tour in another part of England or the UK. Our staff will be happy to advise on necessary transfers.

Online booking available.
A deposit of £85 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
Optional extra days and accommodation upgrades can be added during the booking process online.

Island Hopping in Scotland Walking Holiday
Suggested Tour Duration:

8 nights, 5 days walking
Start Days:
Tuesday and Friday only
Total Distance:
51 miles, 85 kms
Min/max daily distance:
8/12 miles
Average Daily distance:
10 miles
Grading:
easy/moderate
Features:

whisky distilleries
This route connects with:
Arran Coastal Way

  Island Hopping in Scotland Walking Holiday
on the Southern Hebrides in The Western Isles of Scotland
on The Isles of Islay, Jura and Arran via Oban in The Scottish Highlands
8 nights and 5 days walking
Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Oban
To start your Scottish walking holiday you make your own to Oban Scotland for your overnight stay. We can assist with air, coach or train transfers.

Island Hopping in Scotland walking holiday with Lets Go Walking

Optional Day: Extra day in Oban
The town of Oban is a centre for boat trips in the scottish highlands. It has a large selection shops, pubs, hotels etc and makes a great place to extend your stay with perhaps walk on the Isle of Kerrera.

Island Hopping in Scotland walking holiday with Lets Go Walking

Day 2: Oban to Islay
Today you have the morning free to explore Oban and then you take the afternoon ferry from Oban to Isle of Islay in Scotlands Southern Hebrides Overnight in Port Askaig.

Day 3: Islay   12 miles, 20km, climbs to 100m
The walk on Islay today takes you north to Bunnahabhain and past the distillery before heading inland in a circular fashion to Ballygrant. From Ballygrant you take an east route back toward Port Askaig via the little Loch Ballygrant. Overnight in Port Askaig.

Island Hopping in Scotland walking holiday with Lets Go Walking

Island Hopping in Scotland walking holiday with Lets Go Walking

 Day 4: Isle of Jura               11 miles, 18km, climbs to 250m
For today’s circular walk on Scottish Isle of Jura you take the short ferry ride across the Sound of Islay to Jura and Feolin. Here you head north past Loch a Chnuic Bhric and to the lower slopes of Benn Chaolais. Here you will have wonderful views of Islay, Sound of Islay and in the distance Colonsay. Overnight in Port Askaig on Islay.

 Day 5: Transfer to Arran
Transit day from Islay to Arran via the Mull of Kintyre. You catch 2 ferries; first the crossing to the mainland where you take a bus or taxi 8km to the other side of the peninsular before taking the ferry to Lochranza on Arran. Then a bus to Brodick for overnight on Isle or Arran.

Island Hopping in Scotland walking holiday with Lets Go Walking

Island Hopping in Scotland walking holiday with Lets Go Walking

Day 6: Arran – Glen Rosa   8-10 miles, 14-17km, climbs to 450m/750m
On the 1st day’s walking on Arran, you walk past Brodick Castle and up Glen Rosa before descending down to Sannox. For those who wish to walk to a high altitude there is an optional extension which will take you up Goat Fell. There is a short bus ride back to Brodick.

Day 7: Arran – Lamlash to Brodick               9 miles, 15km easy
On the 2nd day’s walking on Arran you start with a short transfer by bus to Lamlash south of Brodick. Once in Lamlash you take the optional ferry to Holy Island, the home of a Buddhist Monks Monastery. The walk follows the coastline north back to Brodick through rolling coastlines. Overnight in Brodick.

Island Hopping in Scotland walking holiday with Lets Go Walking

Island Hopping in Scotland walking holiday with Lets Go Walking

Day 8: Arran – Sannox to Lochranza                 9 miles, 15km easy
On the 3rd day’s walking on Arran you take a short transfer by bus to Sannox. Today’s walk goes along the rugged coastline from Sannox to Lochranza, mostly right on the sea’s edge. Lochranza, a remote hamlet of a few houses, a whisky distillery and a tiny ferry port, is very romantic with its ancient Castle. On today’s walk you can look for seals and whales offshore. Transfer back by bus to Brodick for overnight.

Day 9: Depart after breakfast
Depart after breakfast.
You take the ferry from Brodick on the Isle of Arran to Ardrossan on the Scottish mainland and depart.
You can depart by train or bus.

Island Hopping in Scotland Walking Holiday
The Southern Hebrides
9 day itinerary
Isles of Islay, Jura and Arran via Oban in the Scottish Highlands

5 days walking and 8 nights

Suggested Itinerary:      
Day 1: Arrive at Oban
Optional Day: extra day in Oban
Day 2: Oban via ferry to Isle of Islay
Day 3: Day walking on Isle of Islay                                         12 miles
Day 4: Day walking on Isle of Jura                                           11 miles
Day 5: Isle of Islay to Isle of Arran via 2 ferries
Day 6: Day walking on Isle of Arran Glen Rosa              8-10 miles
Day 7: Day walking on Isle of Arran Lamlash to Brodick    9 miles
Day 8: Day walking on Isle of Arran Sannox to Lochranza 9 miles
Day 9: Depart after breakfast via ferry Brodick to Ardrossan

£840pp
dbl/twin

£1,120pp
single occ

£1,120pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

What’s included
in your UK Island Hopping in Scotland Walking Holiday

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries

Optional Extras
for your UK Island Hopping in Scotland Walking Holiday

  • upgrade to the region’s most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
 

What’s not included
in your UK Island Hopping in Scotland Walking Holiday

  • transport before and after tour
  • entrance to attractions
  • public transport
  • lunches, dinners and snacks
  • ferry tickets for Oban to Islay, Islay to Arran, and Arran to Ardrossan: approx £25
  • Islay/Jura ferry: approx £5
  • Cost of bus: approx £10
  • travel insurance

Lunches and Dinners
These are not included.
Evening meals
These are available at overnight locations, either at your accommodation or in the town/village.
Packed lunches
These can be provided by your accommodation or can be obtained from a local store, or cafe or inn along the route.

Holiday Travel Insurance
We require that you take out holiday insurance as Let’s Go Biking Ltd accepts no liability for the following:
cancellation, personal accident, illness, loss/theft of personal possessions and/or money, any unforeseen circumstances, especially travel delays, and additional accommodation arising out of ferry or flight cancellations.

Should ferries or flights included within your holiday itinerary be cancelled or delayed Let’s Go Biking Ltd will endeavour to arrange alternative accommodation which may be subject to additional charges.
We will also assist with arranging onward land transfers (where appropriate) as we deem required to enable you to continue your holiday as originally scheduled.

This is in addition to our existing booking conditions.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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Island Hopping in Scotland Walking Holiday: How to get there

  • By Plane to Edinburgh or Glasgow airport where trains are available to the ferry terminal at Oban.
  • By Car to Ardrossan where parking is available (then train to Oban)
  • By Train / Bus to Oban

We have Island Walking Holidays in the UK in England, Scotland, Wales, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Isles of Scilly.

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