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Island Hopping Walking Holiday
in the Southern Hebrides, Western Isles of Scotland

This self-guided Scottish
hiking holiday takes you
through the Isles of Islay,
Jura and Arran in the
Southern Hebrides.
Island Hopping self-guided walking holiday on Western Isles of Scotland
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

whisky distilleries
Online booking available
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 walking tour 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.
Day 1: Arrive Oban
To start this walking holiday on the islands of the Southern Hebrides you arrive at Oban for your first overnight stay.
Oban on Island Hopping walking holiday
Day 2: Oban to Islay
Today you have the morning free to explore Oban and then you take the afternoon ferry from Oban to Islay.
Loch Ballygrant on Island Hopping walking holiday on Islay 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.
Day 4: Isle of Jura   11 miles, 18km, climbs to 250m
For today's circular walk on 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.
Jura on Island Hopping walking holiday
Lochranza Arran on Island Hopping walking holiday 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.
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.
Glen Rosa Arran on Island Hopping walking holiday
Lamlash Arran on Island Hopping walking holiday 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.
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.
Lochranza Castle Arran on Island Hopping Western Isles of Scotland walking holiday
Day 9: Departure Day
Today you take the ferry from Brodick to Ardrossan, and depart.

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

The above 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.

What your Scottish Island Hopping
Walking holiday includes:

  • 8 nights Bed and breakfast
  • 3 star graded hotels / guest houses
  • information pack containing itinerary and maps

What your Scottish Island Hopping
Walking holiday does not include:

  • 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
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, additional accommodation arising out of ferry cancellations, illness and loss/theft of personal possessions and/or money.
Should ferries included in your holiday package 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 arrange 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.
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.
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Scottish Island Hopping 9 day itinerary:
5 days walking and 8 nights accommodation
single occ
solo traveller
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All prices subject to change
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
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