Walk Information Lily Loch
Type: Woodland Walk
Terrain: Gravel tracks
Distance/Time: 1 - 4 Miles, 1-3 hours
Grade: Easy to Leisurely
Wildlife: Birds/Roe Deer
Where: View area on map
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Directions: From Bridgend follow the main road to Port Askaig. Near the end of the road is a sign for Caol Ila Distillery on the left. A few metres further down the road is a parking space on your right. Park here and again a few metres up the hill towards Port Askaig is a gate with a sign that says: "Footpath to the Lily Loch". This is a lovely sheltered walk for the windy days.
Start: Walk along the track which goes slightly downhill. In spring you're walking in between the lovely smelling Gorse right at the beginning of your walk. Later on, after half a mile, you need to pass a gate and you enter the woods that belong to Dunlossit Estate. At the end of the track you see Lilly Loch ahead of you. In late spring and summer there are many beautiful water lilies. This walk is suitable for kids.
Option 1: From here, at the picknick bench, you can go left following the track and complete a circular walk back via Dunlossit House. The views over Port Askaig near the end of the track are beautiful. You end up at the main road. From here it's 100 metres back to where you started. Total distance of this route is 1.5 Miles.
Option 2: Instead of going left you can go right and follow the track on the southern shore of Lilly Loch. After half a mile through some beautiful woodland you can take a track to the left, 200 metres long, to get some views of Loch Allan. The track stops here. You can now head back as you came or use the return route from option 1. Total distance 2.5 Miles. For an even longer walk, another 2 miles, see option 3 below.
Option 3: Instead of taking the track left to Loch Allan you can continue on the main track. After a mile keep Loch Ballygrant to your left and follow the track to the village of Ballygrant. From there you can take a bus back to Port Askaig, (see bus timetables). For more info on the circular walk from Ballygrant to Keills and back please read this report on the Islay Blog
Read more - Walk report and pictures on Islay Blog
Beginning of the track to Lilly Loch