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Lighthouse Argyll Coast - Walk Wild Scotland


Hebridean Island Adventure - Wildlife, History & Culture

Easy Walking, Expert Local Wildlife Tour, Puffin Island Trip

Itinerary

Date 30.06. - 06.07.2019

 

Day 1

    • Journey to the Isle of Arran
    • Brodick Castle and Rhododendron Gardens
    • Neolithic Stone Circles


We meet at Glasgow Central Station at 10 am and 15 minutes after at Glasgow Airport and head for Ardrossan Harbour (1 hrs drive) to catch the ferry to Arran (1 hour). The Isle of Arran lies in the huge estuary of the Glasgow River Clyde and is surrounded by mainland on three sides and only in the south open to the ocean.

Often called miniature Scotland, the island’s northern half has stunning volcanic mountains and in the south rolling green fields.
We explore Brodick Castle and its extensive and beautiful Rhododendron Gardens. Following lunch on the castle terrace with breathtaking views to the mainland we make our way to the impressive neolithic site in Machrie Moor. Its stone circles and unusual dolmens are particularly mystical in the early evening light.
Walking 1.5 hours, 4 km, easy

.Overnight Lagg Hotel, Isle of Arran.

 

Day 2

    • Arran's Holy Isle - Early Christianity, Buddhism & Natural Delights

 

This small rocky island lying off Arran's eastern shore has been called holy since the 6th century when it became St Molaise's solitary retreat. Today, the island belongs to the Scotland based Samye Ling Buddhist Community who has created a modern and environmentally designed retreat and centre for world peace and health. We take a small ferry across and are welcome with a cup of tea and introduction so that we can fully enjoy the island's enchanting atmosphere and natural beauty: wild goats, ponies and sheep roam the island, Tibetan paintings adorn the rocks by the shore and the rare Whitebeam tree can be found here. The views are wonderful and you may just ike to stay ...
Walking 7km, 3 hours
.Overnight Lagg Hotel, Isle of Arran.

 

Day 3

    • Island Studded Atlantic Coast
    • Kimartin - Scotland's Richest Neolithic Landscape


We leave Arran via its northern harbour Lochranza und drive along the scenic and island dooted coastline of Argyll. At Kilmartin, we find a wealth of prehistoric monuments. On foot, we discover 5000 year old burial cairns, standing stones and amazing rock carvings and explore Dunadd Fort, where the first Scottish Kings were crowned 500 BC. The day provides a fascinating insight into a lesser known part of Scottish history.

Later this afternoon, we will travel by ferry from Oban to the Isle of Mull en route to Iona. Our home for 2 nights is the charming Argyll Hotel with a relaxing garden, grand views and an excellent restaurant.
Walking 8km, 3 hours, easy
.Overnight Argyll Hotel, Iona.

 

Day 4

    • Idyllic Isle of Iona
    • St. Columba's Abbey and Sandy Beaches

Probably Scotland's most important early Christian historical monument is Iona Abbey. Founded by St Columba along with 12 monks in the 6th century Columba undertook the task of christianizing Scotland. There are 12th century ruins, artful celtic crosses and the well restored and quite special building of the Abbey to explore.
Not to be missed is a walk along the island’s wonderful white beaches and green meadows and a minisule hill for a gigantic view.

Easy walking, 3 hours, 6 km
.Overnight Argyll Hotel, Iona.

 

Day 5

    • Walking and Wildlife on the Isle of Ulva


We leave Iona for the Isle of Mull - a green paradise with valleys, hills, a rocky coast and an abundance of wildlife. Step right into the world of eagles, otters and ancient history. The tiny island Ulva is an almost uninhabited paradise which will be our roaming ground for the day at a slow pace.
Walking 7km, 4 hours
.Overnight Isle of Mull.

Day 6

    • Cathedral in a Seacave and Basalt Columns on Staffa
    • Puffins and Seabirds on Treshnish

 

This is a highlight of your holiday: we take a boat to the Treshnish Isles where we discover the magnificent Final’s Cave which inspired Mendelssohn to write his famous Hebrides Ouverture.
The neighboring island Lunga is home to an amazing number of breeding Puffins who are so busy flying in and out of their nests, looking after their brood that they hardly notice us. We are awe - inspired!

There are many other birds - Razorbills, Guillemots, Gannets and Shags - all living together in protective harmony for the breeding season.

Sea journey 3 hours in total, walking as you please.
.Overnight Isle of Mull.

 

Day 7

    • Oban - Harbour Stroll and Whisky
    • Journey to Glasgow


Leaving the isle of Mull this morning we travel to Oban by ferry. The lively harbour town invites for last minute souvenire shopping, an ice cream on the promenade or a quick visit to its famous whisky distillery.

Then our journey takes us south along Loch Lomond with a planned arrival time in Glasgow around 5pm and your trip ends.

Drive 30 mins, Ferry 1 hour, journey/ drive 3 hours

*If you require accommodation in Glasgow or Edinburgh we are happy to help with bookings.

 




Standing Stones Kilmartin - Walk WIld Scotland

 

Iona Abbey  Iona Scotland  - Walk Wild Scotland

 

 

Tobermory Boat in harbour Isle of Mull - Walk Wild Scotland

 

 

Pink Thrift on coastal cliffs Isle of Mull - Walk Wild Scotland

 

 

Fingals Cave on Insel Staffa - Walk WIld SCotland

 

 

Cottongrass on Scottish Moor Isle of Mull - Walk Wild SCotland

 

 
 
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