Islay Walk: American Monument - Mull of Oa

Walk Information American Monument
Type: Field and Cliff Walk
Terrain: Grass/Heather, slightly boggy in places
Distance/Time: 2 Miles, 1-2 hours
Grade: Leisurely
Wildlife: Eagles/Chough/Feral Goats
Where: View area on map

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Walk Description
Directions: From Port Ellen drive up the Oa and follow the road all the way to the end. At the t-junction keep left and follow the signposted track (RSPB Nature Reserve) to the parking place.

Start: Follow the track heading down to Upper Killeyan but keep right before the bend and follow the signs for the American Monument. The route up to the Monument is very well marked. Higher up the heathery terrain can be a bit wet and boggy in places. Just before you reach the momument there are dramatic views of the cliffs on your left. Around the monument are stunning views over the North Channel, the sea between Ireland and Islay. Up on the cliffs it can be very windy, warm clothes are recommended.

You can either return following the track where you came from or you can head east and complete the circular walk. This part of the route is also waymarked. As you walk along the top of the cliffs you have more stunning views of the Oa before you head back to the parking place while passing Upper Killeyan Farm. This walk is suitable for younger kids, aged 4+ but do not lose them out of sight, the winds can be tracherous and the cliffs are very high!

View on the Cliffs from the Circular Walk

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