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Walking Holidays On Islay

This years Islay Walking Week is only two months away now. I'm just finalising my bookings for it after having the holiday signed off at work, I'm planning to post an update to my WalkIslay 2007 Programme entry from December soon. If you're thinking about coming as well you should start making your reservations soon. While I think the walking week is the best time for walking on Islay there are also other options if you can't make it for the week:

First of all you can obviously go on your own. Buy a map (I recommend the OS Explorer Maps Islay North and Islay South) and plan your route, feel free to use some of my Islay Travelogues for inspiration. Or use a walk guidebook like Isles of Islay, Jura and Colonsay: Map/guide to Eight Easy to Follow Walks (Footprint Walks). Make sure you've got the right equipment, in particular good boots and waterproofs. The ground can be very wet and/or rough, good footwear is essential. With the rapid weather changes good waterproofs are also essential. Keep in mind the stalking season and that during summer the bracken and other ground cover will be much higher than earlier in the year when planning your visit.

If you prefer not to walk on your own there are a few other options:

In particular during the summer there are various organised walks on a regular basis. Examples include the Islay Baptist Church walks (check the Ileach for details) or the RSPB Loch Gruinart walks. Islay Walkaboutabit and Walkaboutabitmore also organises regular walks, contact Lindy MacLellan for details.

For some guided walking holidays you could try the Islay, Jura and Colonsay guided walking/ hiking holiday from About Argyll. I don't know anything about them apart from what you can read on the website, but the walks looks quite reasonable. Let me know if you've been walking with them and what you thought.

I think that's enough walking for now. More some other time.



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