Walking holidays on Arran, Islay and Jura
Dates 2017: June 24-July 1; September 9-16£995pp
The Inner Hebridean islands of Arran, Islay and Jura offer three individual and very different walking holiday experiences. The Arran mountains are forged from granite and offer fine scrambling and climbing in addition to the spectacular walking. The long valleys of Glen Rosa and Glen Sannox lead into the heart of the hills, which in my opinion are at their finest in autumn and spring. It's common to see eagles and red deer, merlin and on the coast the usual seals, otters and sea birds. The mountain walking is excellent, and Arran also offers some lower level walks in case the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Islay is different again, lacking the high and rocky peaks, but making up for it with some spectacular coastal walks on the Oa Peninsula and and from the point at Rhuval. Famous for it's distilleries, Islay leads easily on to Jura via a short ferry journey from it's northern end.
Jura offers remote coastlines and the stark summits known as The Paps of Jura. Though not particularly high, they are rocky and offer a tough walk. The northern and western coastlines of Jura are particularly impressive. To the north lies the Gulf of Corryvreckan where the tides and currents create a mighty whirlpool (where George Orwell nearly met his end during the period he spent on Jura when writing 1984). The west coast is dotted with former sea caves that are now well above sea level following the retreat of the ice after the last ice age. Calm, clear inlets alternate with rocky headlands and a fine hunting lodge along the coast offers our recently retired Prime Minister the ultimate get-away-from-it-all summer holiday.
Walks on the islands are very varied, ranging from tough mountain terrain and remote coastline to gentle waterfall walks - as usual our walking guides will select routes to match the group, the weather and local conditions etc.
Accommodation: An eclectic mix of Hotels and B&B, all offering great hospitality, hearty breakfasts and comfortable rooms.
ARRAN/ISLAY/JURA HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS
- Varied landscape of coast and mountains
- Walking of the highest quality
- Experience the relaxed pace of Island life
- Iconic wildlife from red deer to eagles, merlin, otters and sea birds
- Access some walks by charter boat
- Cliff-top and beach walks
- Visit the Gulf of Corryvreckan where George Orwell was almost caught in the notorious whirlpool
- All transport and ferries included from Glasgow
- Home cooked food and housekeeping included
- Homely accommodation with everything included