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Walking on Jura, Islay and Colonsay

23 wild walks in the Southern Hebrides

Guidebook to Jura, Scarba, Islay and Colonsay in the Hebrides, describing 22 walks plus a 5-day 89km trek along Jura's remote west coast. The routes range from 6.5 to 25km and cover rough - and often pathless - terrain 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 walked 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, Kinuachdrachd, 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 walk, a round of the Paps or an ascent of Cruach Scarba should only be considered by fit, experienced walkers with strong navigational skills, as there are no waymarks and no footpaths. Walking on Islay and Colonsay is more accessible, but still requires navigational competence. All walkers should be equipped for rough terrain and wet weather.

Must See

The wild and remote west coast of Jura - one of the British Isles' last great wilderness walks, with spectacular geological formations and abundant wildlife; the Paps of Jura - a rough, tough hill-walking classic; dramatic land and seascapes from the Islay and Colonsay coasts; the small-island summit of Cruach Scarba, rising from the sea between the infamous tidal races of Corryvreckan and the Grey Dog
6 Aug 2019
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.40cm

A guidebook to 23 walks and treks on the Isles of Jura, Islay and Colonsay as well as neighbouring Oronsay and Scarba. Exploring the beautiful scenery of the southern Hebrides, the routes are suitable for experienced walkers.

The 22 day walks range in length from 7 to 25km (4–16 miles) and can be linked to create your own itinerary. A challenging 5-day 89km (55 mile) trek along Jura’s remote west coast is also described.

  • 1:50,000 OS maps included for each walk
  • Detailed information on accommodation and public transport
  • Notes on the islands' bothies and wild-camping recommendations
  • Highlights include the round of the Paps of Jura

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Peter Edwards Cicerone author EDWARDS

By Peter Edwards

Since moving to Scotland from the south of England in 2006, Peter has developed a passion for the Hebrides. He lives at Rhenigidale on the Isle of Harris with his wife, Fiona, and their Labradors, Dougal and Mara.

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