Islay Walk: Ardnave Point

Walk Information Ardnave Point
Type: Dunes and Beaches
Terrain: Short grass/sand, slightly boggy in places
Distance/Time: 3 1/2 Miles, 2-3 hours
Grade: Leisurely
Wildlife: Seals/Dolphins/Chough/Otters
Where: View area on map

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Walk Description
Directions: From Bridgend drive towards Bruichladdich and follow the signs from the main road after Black Rock for Loch Gruinart Nature Reserve. At the reserve's visitor centre at Aoradh Farm turn right at the sign to Ardnave. Follow the single track road all the way to the end until you see the loch on your left. The car park is on the grass on your right.

Start: Follow the sandy track which takes you through the dunes on the western shore of Loch Gruinart. You will usually find sheep or cattle on your way. Just try to avoid them by keeping some distance (10 metres or so), especially when they have calves, and you will be fine. Make sure dogs are kept to a lead. The route to Ardnave Point is very straight forward, just keep following the main sandy track until you reach the Dunes in the distance. There are a few signs along the way pointing out directions and viewpoints. The views, especially from the high dunes, are stunning. You can see Killinallan Point, Jura, Colonsay and closer by Nave Island, around half a mile from Ardnave Point.

This is a fascinating and very quiet area where you can enjoy the sea and the views to other islands, to walk the beaches, enjoy the dunes and observe the wildlife. You can return over the same track (suggested if you take younger kids) or complete the circular walk by passing the kissing gate at the sign on the hill near the grave, and cross the dunes. From there keep walking over the grass until you reach a sandy track wich will take you to Ardnave Farm. From there you can see the loch and parking place.

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View from Dunes at Ardnave towards Jura

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