WALKING HOLIDAYS ON THE SMALL ISLES of MUCK, EIGG, RUM AND CANNA
DATE: 2017: June 4 - June 11; June 25 - July 2: £995pp No single supplements
Scotland's "Small Isles" of Muck, Eigg, Rhum and Canna lie just to the south of the Isle of Skye, between the mainland coastline at Arisaig and Mallaig, and the Hebridean islands of South Uist and Barra, They say that small is beautiful and nowhere is this more true than here.
Our base is the Isle of Muck - a relaxing island haven of great variety and beauty. It's small population is friendly and welcoming and apart from the occasional land rover or quad bike you'll hear no traffic noise and light pollution is virtually non-existent. It's truly hard to imagine a more idyllic setting.
Looking across towards Skye and Eigg from the ferry to Muck
This holiday is based from Port Mhor, and the walks on Muck are easily accessible from the door, with no travelling required. Our other walks on Eigg, Rum and Canna are all accessed by ferry or private charter boat. A whole week's walking among the islands and no need to use a car at all!
Transfers by ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Muck
All Island and charter boat transport from Muck to Eigg, Canna and Rum
7 nights full board accommodation at Port Mhor and on the Isle of Rum
Walking and wildlife guides for all the walks
Fishing equipment if you want to try fishing
DAY 1. Meet at Mallaig and take the approx 2.30pm sailing to Port Mhor on Muck. Walk along Gallanach beach and view seal colonies.
DAY 2-4. Walking days, one on Muck and two on other islands.
DAY 5. Rest Day, explore Muck at your leisure.
DAY 6/7. Walking Days
DAY 8. Return to Mallaig approx 12.10 ferry depart from Muck, arriving Mallaig approx 2.15pm
* All itinerary and ferry times will be confirmed when summer 2017 ferry timetables are confirmed.
TRANSPORT: The holiday starts from Mallaig with a ferry crossing to Muck that departs at approximately 2.30pm. Mallaig is approximately 60 minutes from Fort William, and 2 hours 50 minutes from Glasgow by road. Many people will want to consider travelling to Mallaig by train, the journey from Glasgow being justifiably rated by many as the most beautiful train journey in Britain. Booking in advance can provide some excellent deals. Depending on your method of travel you may need to travel the day prior to the ferry departure in order to be at Mallaig in time for the ferry departure. Plenty of accommodation is available in Mallaig and nearby Arisaig
Ferries and charters are used for the journeys to Eigg, Rum and Canna.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to sea conditions it is not possible to guarantee a day to day itinerary in advance and disruption to ferry services, though doubtful, is sometimes possible even in the summer months.
WALKING GRADE: Most walks are in the Easy to Moderate category, though on Rum some of the walks can be in the Moderate/Tough category (optional).
ACCOMMODATION: We use a range of B&B and catered accommodation including Gallanach Lodge on Muck, Port Mhor House, the Isle of Muck Hostel, the new Hostel on Rum and possibly B&B on Eigg. (Full itinerary will be available when summer ferry times are published)
- A fantastic opportunity to visit all the Small Isles - Canna, Rum, Muck and Eigg
- The excitement of using charter boats and ferries to access the other islands
- Excellent range of wildlife on both land and sea - seal colonies, nesting seabirds, wildfowl, red deer on Rum
- Delightful, mostly easy to moderate grade walks among wonderful coastal and island scenery
- Welcoming highland hospitality at it's finest
- See Kinloch Castle on Rum
- Visit ancient sites and discover the legends behind the islands
- Summit the mighty Sgurr of Eigg (easier than it looks!)
Looking into the Devil's Cauldron, Isle of Muck
THE WALKS: As usual, walks are dependent upon local conditions, the weather and the group, but this will provide a good idea of what's possible.
- Port Mhor and Seagull Rock, Muck: We walk along the shore to Seagull rock, passing the Iron Age Fort of Caisteal an Duin Bhain and making our way round to the Devil's Cauldron and the promontory of Seagull Rock. After exploring this fascinating area (and even trying fishing if you want to) we'll walk back to Gallanach via the summit of Fionn-aird and Camas Bay. Sea bird colonies, diving gannets and sometimes eagles are seen on this section.
- Horse Island, Shell Beach and Beinn Airein, the highest point on Muck: This delightful walks covers some fascinating coast and if tidal conditions permit we might be able to walk across to Lamb Island and Horse Island, home to Puffins and lots of other sea birds. Shell beach is just as it sounds - and a magical place to sit and watch seals. The walk to the summit is not too steep, though the descent back down to Camas Bay has some steep, grassy sections. Views are exceptional and it's common to see golden eagles on this stretch of the walk.
- The Sgurr of Eigg. This mighty volcanic plug looks inaccessible when you approch Eigg by boat, but in fact a straightforward though rather peaty track leads to the top. Views are magnificent. If time and tide permit, we'll also descend to sea level to look at the Massacre and Cathedral caves. An excellent cafe by the harbour provides a fitting end to the day!
- Canna: This delightful island lies out to the north west of Rhum and is characterised by raised beaches and a mix of rocky coastline, green pastures and rugged moorland, with even a few copses thrown in for good measure. A range of walk options are available, but inevitably most focus on the coast, linking the spectacular scenery and wildlife with some of the island's history. Sanday, linked to Canna by bridge is also well worth a visit, and puffins are plentiful here in spring and early summer.
- Rum has much higher mountains than any of the other small isles, and indeed has it's own weather pattern as a result. Often looking dark and forboding when viewed from afar, the mountain names here reflect it's Norse past - Barkaval, Hallival, Ainshval, Askival and Trollabhal for example. Walks vary from a gentle stroll to look around Kinloch Castle (whose history is absolutely fascinating) and along the coast, to rocky ascents of one or more of the fine peaks. Weather conditions and group will determine what we can achieve. Rum is well-known for it's red deer population. Rum is also home to Kinloch Castle, whose history and story is truly exceptional.
To book and for further information please telephone Cloud 9 on 01931 713115 / 07970 138591