Below is a selection of popular walking routes on Islay complete with starting point, where to park and the route.

  • The walks are graded (see categories further below), but are suitable for most people, including families with younger children.
  • Weather conditions can change fast, so be prepared for rain, mist and cold, even on a sunny summers day. Check the forecast and tell people where you’re going.
  • Having a detailed map, proper footwear and warm clothing is also strongly advised, especially on the higher graded walks (moderate and strenuous).
  • Finally, respect the land where you’re walking, keep dogs on leads and be careful not to disturb livestock… Take Nothing but Pictures - Leave Nothing but Footprints - Kill Nothing but Time.
  • Alternatively, Donald James McPhee does Guided Walks all over the island, for single persons and groups. For more info visit Islay Outdoors
Walk Miles Grading Terrain
Soldiers Rock 5 Hard Hill/Cliff
Lower Killeyan 0.75 Easy Beach/Grass
American Monument 2 Easy Field/Cliff
Ardnave Point 3.5 Easy Dunes/Beach
Killinallan Point 2.5 Easy Dunes/Beach
Gortantaoid 7 Moderate Beach/Grass
Machir Bay/Grannies Rock 3 Moderate Beach/Hill
Sanaigmore Bay 0.7-2 Very Easy Beach
Saligo Bay 0.5 Very Easy Beach
Loch Gruinart Woodland 1 Very Easy Woodland
The Singing Sands 1 Very Easy Beach
Port an Eas 2 Easy Beach
The Big Strand 1-6 Easy Beach
Bridgend Woods 1-4 Easy Woodland
Lilly Loch 1-4 Easy Woodland
Ardtalla Beach 1 Very Easy Beach
Kildalton/Ardmore 1-2 Very Easy Woodland