Islay Walk: Lower Killeyan - The Oa

Walk Information Lower Killeyan
Type: Field and Beach
Terrain: Grass, slightly boggy in places
Distance/Time: 0.75 Mile, 1-2 hours
Grade: Leisurely
Wildlife: Eagles/Seals/Waders
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 (left is to the rspb-oa) keep right if you're on foot. If you arrive by car please park at the RSPB Nature Reserve. There is no parking at Lower Killeyan.

Start: Cross the gate at the end of the track in front of you and traverse the field while you head right and walk down to the lower parts of the field. There are a few options to get down the hill and access the beach. Pick the most suitable descent, it looks quite steep but there are a few places where it's easier to walk down.

When you access the beach you have beautiful views over the sea and the rocks and the whole area is fascinating to discover. If you cross the burn on the right you have access to a nice waterfall. In the rocks facing the beach there is a cave and most fascinating are the patterns in the layers of rocks everywhere around you. You return the same way as you arrived. Take an hour or two for the entire walk and discovery on the beach and area. This walk is suitable for younger kids, aged 4+.


View of Lower Killeyan Beach and descent




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