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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.
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The Southern Hebrides are an undiscovered walker’s paradise – the west coast of Jura has dramatic geology, glorious empty beaches and abundant wildlife, with the inhospitable and rugged Scarba lying a kilometre to the north in the infamous Gulf of Corryvreckan. Islay is famous for its birdlife, its historical sites and its distilleries and Colonsay has a tranquil character all of its own that echoes much of the natural splendour of its neighbours.
The terrain can be tough and trackless but the clear descriptions will introduce experienced walkers to some of the finest wilderness walking in the British Isles. This guidebook provides detailed descriptions of 15 challenging coastal and hill walks on the often rugged, but sublimely beautiful islands of the Southern Hebrides including an epic five-day route around the west coast of Jura.
The 14 day routes range from 3 to 17 miles long, with options to extend and shortcut some routes, while the five-day coastal walk covers 48 miles. A round of all three Paps of Jura is included, and makes for a big day's walk, involving 1500m of ascent and descent.
These are mostly demanding routes suitable only for fit, competent and well-equipped walkers. The terrain is extremely varied and often challenging, and almost entirely without waymarks or established footpaths. However, the rewards for the adventurous walker are manifold. The routes included in this guidebook traverse some breathtakingly beautiful scenery full of historical interest and are alive with a profusion of plants and wildlife. Even walking on the coastal routes is far from straightforward as there are many impassable sections where the shoreline has to be abandoned for higher ground or other natural features need to be negotiated.
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|Getting to the Southern Hebrides|
|Getting between the islands|
|Maps and route finding|
|Safety and emergencies|
|What to take|
|Walk 1 The West Coast Walk|
|Day 1 Kinuachdrachd to Glengarrisdale|
|Alternative: Road End to Glengarrisdale|
|Day 2 Glengarrisdale to Shian Bay|
|Day 3 Shian Bay to Cruib Lodge|
|Day 4 Cruib Lodge to Glenbatrick Bay|
|Alternative: Glenbatrick Bay to the A846 via Glen Batrick|
|Walk 2 Tarbet to Cruib Lodge bothy|
|Walk 3 Glengarrisdale to Cruib across Jura’s northern hills|
|Walk 4 Walking the Paps of Jura|
|Walk 5 Evans’ Walk to Glenbatrick Bay and return|
|Walk 6 Cruach Scarba|
|Walk 7 Rhuvaal and the north-west coast|
|Walk 8 An Cladach–Beinn Bheigier circuit|
|Walk 9 The Oa peninsula|
|Walk 10 Sanaigmore to Kilchiaran|
|Walk 11 Ardnave to Sanaigmore|
|Walk 12 South Colonsay coast and Oronsay|
|Walk 13 Lower Kilchattan to Kiloran Bay|
|Walk 14 Kiloran Bay to Scalasaig around the coast|
|Walk 15 Scalasaig to Kiloran Bay along the Old Road|
|Appendix A Route summary table|
|Appendix B Walks on other islands|
|Appendix C Accommodation|
|Appendix D Other useful contacts|
|Appendix E Glossary|
|Appendix F Further reading|