Type: Woodland Walk Bridgend
Terrain: Forest Track, slightly boggy
Distance/Time: 1 - 4 Miles, 1 - 3 hours
Grade: Easy to Leisurely
Wildlife: Birds/Roe Deer
Where: View area on map
Buy Map: Islay South Explorer Map
Directions: The area around Bridgend has several different tracks suitable for walking. The main entrance gate to this beautiful woodland, which belonged to Islay House, is found opposite the entrance of Islay House Square. There is a car park next to the entrance of Islay House Square on the Port Askaig Road.
Due to the number of tracks through this woodland I believe that there is no such thing as a pre-defined route. There are various options to discover the area which offers beautiful carpets of snowdrops in January and February and an amazing amount of bluebells in May. One of the longer stretches is the walk to the Woollen Mill, which is 4 miles long and follows the River Sorn. This stretch takes around two to three hours to complete, depending on the time you spend at the Woollen Mill. There is a wee playground with a swing if you take the track to your right heading back to Bridgend.
Alternatively there is another circular route close by which starts opposite Islay Car Hire at the former Islay House Lodge. From there you can make a short circular walk in which you pass Islay House and the Square and you can head back via the Community Gardens to the car park. All the walks are very suitable for children as well.
Bluebells in Bridgend Woods