Isle of Islay Walks

Below is an overview of walking routes on Islay. Each route provides clear instructions on how to get to the starting point of your walk, where to park and how to start your walk from there.

Most of the walks mentioned below are also suitable for families with younger children (4+). We have taken our 4yr old daughter on most of these walks as a test and she enjoyed them very much. There are usually enough distractions which keeps them very occupied! If you want to share a walk that isn't listed here then please contact me. Thank you!

Since weather conditions can change fast around here make sure to be prepared for rain, mist and cold, even on a sunny summers day. A detailed map, a compass, proper footwear and warm clothing can be essential when weather deteriorates, especially on some of the more difficult walks (moderate and strenuous). Checking the weather forecast and telling other people where you're going are simple yet effective measures.

Whatever you do, be considerate, respect the land where you walk on and the people who make a living from it. Be careful with cattle, especially in spring when they have calves, and keep your dog on a lead in fields with cattle and sheep.

Remember! Take Nothing but Pictures - Leave Nothing but Footprints - Kill Nothing but Time.

Walks on Islay

Walk Distance Time Type Ok for Children
Soldiers Rock 5 Miles 3 - 5 Hours Hill and Cliff Walk No
Lower Killeyan on the Oa 0.75 Miles 1 - 2 Hours Beach and Grass Yes
American Monument 2 Miles 1 - 2 Hours Field and Cliff Walk Yes
Ardnave Point 3 1/2 Miles 2 - 3 Hours Dunes and Beach Yes
Killinallan Point 2 1/2 Miles 2 - 3 Hours Beach Walk Yes
Gortantaoid & Killinallan 7 Miles 3 - 4 Hours Beach and Pasture No
Machir Bay Granny's Rock 3 Miles 2 - 3 Hours Beach and Hill Walk Yes
Sanaigmore Bay 0.7 - 2 Miles 1 - 3 Hours Beach Walk Yes
Saligo Bay 0.5 Miles 1 Hour Beach Walk Yes
Woodland Trail Gruinart 1 Mile 1 Hour Woodland Walk Yes
The Singing Sands 1 Mile 1 - 2 Hours Beach Walk Yes
Port an Eas on the Oa 2 Miles 2 Hours Beach Walk Yes
The Big Strand (Laggan) 1 - 6 Miles 1 - 3 Hours Beach Walk Yes
Bridgend Woods 1 - 4 Miles 1 - 3 Hours Woodland Walk Yes
Lilly Loch Dunlossit 1 - 4 Miles 1 - 3 Hours Woodland Walk Yes
Ardtalla Beach 1 Mile 1 Hour Beach Walk Yes
Kildalton to Ardmore 1 - 2 Miles 1 - 2 Hours Woodland Walk Yes

Info on Walk Grading

Walk Grading: Based on my personal experience and use of common sense I've graded the walks using the guidelines from the ramblers website as follows:

Easy: walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.

Leisurely: walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended.

Moderate: walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.

Strenuous: walks for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rough country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.

Guided Walks
Donald James McPhee does Guided Walks all over the island, for single persons and groups. For more info visit Islay Outdoors

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