Clyde Islands

Clyde Islands ~ from 50km (3 days) – 250km (10 days)

The EasyWays Clyde Islands Tour embraces the Inner Hebrides off the West Coast of Scotland and the Mull of Kintyre.

The tour offers the opportunity to experience Arran, Islay, Jura and the Kintyre and Argyll peninsulas in a combination of tour options that is capable of delivering a package to match all expectations.

The islands have reasonable public transport access from Central Scotland and the terrain offers a good mix of coastal and hill walking.

With the EasyWays Package just advise what locations you would like to visit and your preferred dates for walking and let us construct a tour that encapsulates all on a bespoke itinerary utilising public transport connections throughout and thereby keeping the price to optimum level.

All tours include baggage transfer and ferry travel with detailed advice on how to get to and from the start and end points of your chosen route.

A typical example tour might begin in Arran and end in Islay or alternatively make Tarbert your start point, visit Gigha and take in Campbeltown in the south of Kintyre  before north with a ferry crossing to Portavadie on Argyll.

Specially selected local walking routes have been identified each day giving you the choice of a short 3 day break or anything up to 10 days.

The choice is yours.

Arran

The beautiful Island of Arran, often described as ‘Scotland in Miniature’ compresses the best of Scottish scenery into its petite size of only 20 miles long by 10 miles wide. The north of the island is ruggedly mountainous, with granite peaks and deep glens, resembling the Scottish Highlands, whereas the south is more gentle with low-lying farmland, woodland and moorland.

 

Kintyre

Kintyre offers a variety of landscapes from tiny fishing villages to extensive conifer forests, stretches of fine coastline, open hills and moors. The narrow peninsula means that the sea is never far away, and the superb views take in many islands

 

Islay, Jura and Gigha

You have the option to sail to Islay (2 overnights minimum stay) to explore this stunning island, known as the ‘whisky coast’ of West Scotland with a follow on to the untamed island of Jura.

Or why not include a trip to Gigha?

Attractions on the island include Achamore Gardens and the abundant wildlife, especially seabirds.

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ROUTE TERRAIN

Moderate to Strenuous

ROUTE SIGNPOSTING

Waymarked in most places

NAVIGATIONAL SKILLS

Moderate

Clyde Islands

Easyways Suggested Itinerary

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Arrive Brodick
Sail to Arran and stay overnight in Brodick. Brodick is the main town on Arran and is the main commercial centre and ferry port. The town offers a wide range of tourist facilities and services, including eating out and shopping. Once the ancient seat of the Dukes of Hamilton, Brodick Castle houses a glorious collection of furniture, with some pieces dating as far back as the 17th century. The garden, created in 1923 by the Duchess of Montrose, has been lovingly restored and the grounds contain numerous paths offering great views of the island, and the chance of seeing red squirrels.
Brodick to Sannox (8 miles / 13 km)
A fairly easy beginning to the walk along Fisherman’s Walk to the small community at Cladach. At this point there is the option to climb to the summit of Goatfell (874m) or take the lower route through Merkland Wood through High Corrie and on to by the coastal road. Goatfell is recommended for fit walkers, who are competent in navigation but it’s not advisable in bad weather or low cloud. Also note that there are no Waymarkers once you enter the National Trust for Scotland land or on Goatfell itself.
Sannox to Lochranza (9 miles / 15 km)
Some say the best section of the Way, commencing with a lovely section of coastal footpath that leads up to the Forestry Commission site at North Sannox. A forestry track then continues to follow the coast until Fallen Rocks is reached and replaced by a smaller footpath that is generally good, but can be difficult in inclement weather. Pass the testing An Scriodan boulder field to reach the recently upgraded footpath and continue on to Netwon Shore to Lochranza.
Claonaig to Tarbert (10 miles / 16 km)
Sail to Claonaig. Follow a minor road north to the small village of Skipness, then continue on the forest track. This route descends giving good views over Loch Fyne. Reaching Tarbert Castle then heading south-west towards the picturesque harbour of Tarbert.
Tayinloan to Carradale (15 miles / 24 km)

Arrive by public transport. Start with a lovely coastal section from Tayinloan and then climb through open countryside and forestry to Deucheran Hill where there is a wind farm. The second half of the section descends to the open glen at Brackley before ascending another forested hill to emerge with coastal views over Arran and then make your way down to Carradale.

Explore Islay, Jura and Gigha
You have the option to sail to Islay (2 overnights minimum stay) to explore this stunning island, known as the ‘whisky coast’ of West Scotland. A further option would be to visit the gorgeously untamed island of Jura. Or why not include a trip to Gigha? Attractions on the island include Achamore Gardens and the abundant wildlife, especially seabirds.

Prices from £265 per person

Single supplement – On request

What’s included?

  • 3 – 10 nights’ accommodation for 2 people sharing in quality B&Bs, guest houses, inns and hotels
  • Breakfast each day
  • All ferry travel (as required)
  • Door to door baggage transfer to each stage – maximum 18 kg per bag
  • Downloadable GPS route guides of your selected route(s)
  • Location details for each accommodation
  • Travel information to the start and from the finish of the walk
  • Suggested equipment list
  • Emergency support

What’s not included?

  • Evening meals, packed lunches and drinks
  • Travel insurance

STAGES & DISTANCES

Tarbert
11 miles – 18 km
Claonaig
10 miles – 16 km
Clachan
9 miles – 14 km
Tayinloan
(Visit Gigha)
(Tayinloan)
15 miles – 24 km
Carradale
21 miles – 33 km
Campbeltown
5.5 miles – 9 km
(Machrihanish)
16 miles – 26 km
Dunaverty
16 miles – 26 km
(Campbeltown)

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE

Tarbert
5.5 miles – 9 km
(Kennacraig)
(Islay 2 nights)
(Kennacraig)
5.5 miles – 9 km
Clachan
9 miles – 14 km
Tayinloan
(Visit Gigha)
(Tayinloan)
15 miles – 24 km
Carradale
21 miles – 33 km
Campbeltown
5.5 miles – 9 km
(Machrihanish)
16 miles – 26 km
Dunaverty
16 miles – 26 km
(Campbeltown)

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