This guidebook to Jura, Scarba, Islay and Colonsay in the Hebrides describes 14 challenging day walks plus a 5-day 77km coastal walk on Jura. The day routes range from 5 to 30km and cover a multitude of rough terrain that is suitable for fit, competent walkers. Even the coastal walks offer challenges.
Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit, though these routes can be waked all year round. Winter can be wet and wild with short days and in summer midges and bracken can be a real problem.
Jura - Feolin, Craighouse, Tarbert, Ardlussa, Kinachdrachd, Glengarrisdale, Ruantallain, Cruib, Glenbatrick Bay. Islay - Port Askaig, Port Ellen, Port Charlotte, Bowmore, Bridgend, Ballygrant, Bunnahabhain, Ardbeg. Colonsay - Scalasaig, Oronsay, Kilchattan, Kiloran. Scarba - Kilmory Lodge, Gleann a' Mhaoil bothy.
The west coast of Jura, a round of the Paps or an ascent of Cruach Scarba should only be undertaken by fit, experienced walkers who are competant navigators and equiped for rough terrain and wet weather. Walking on Islay and Colonsay is more accessible, though navigation, weather and terrain remains difficult.
The wild and remote wet coast of Jura with spectacular geological formations and diverse wildlife. The coastal routes on Islay and Colonsay with dramatic landscapes, beautiful white sandy bays and challenging walks. The summit of Cruach Scarba between the infamous tidal races of the Gulf of Corryvreckan and the Grey Dog.