Tours to Islay, Jura, Colonsay and Gigha
|5 days||Isles of Islay, Jura, Colonsay||Sunday 25 April|
|5 days||Isles of Islay, Jura, Colonsay||Sunday 18 July|
|5 days||Isles of Islay, Jura, Colonsay||Sunday 15 August|
Laphroaig Distillery, Islay
Islay, Jura, Colonsay and Gigha are the most southerly of the Inner Hebridean islands. The largest of these islands, Islay, is green and fertile, with a beautiful broken coastline of bays and islands, backed by areas of woodland, scrub or machair. Islay is an ornithologist's paradise - it hosts the richest bird life in the Hebrides, with over 180 different species breeding on the island or using it as a stop-over point on their yearly migrations. There are many prehistoric sites scattered all over Islay, and for many years Islay was the most important island in the Hebrides, being for several centuries the seat of the Lords of the Isles. Today, however, it is perhaps best known for its whiskey distilleries. . . Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhainn, Caol Ila, Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Port Ellen - names associated worldwide with peaty-flavoured malts.
Jura is a place of rugged beauty, with trackless moor and mountains, and a solitary road meandering up the east coast from Feolin Ferry to Ardlussa...a peaceful, natural wilderness for eagle and deer. Jura lies just half a mile to the north of Islay, but is a complete contrast to it. The most distinctive feature of Jura, the barren scree-covered slopes of the Paps of Jura, are prominent landmarks for miles around.
Colonsay and the little island of Oronsay, which is joined to Colonsay by sand passable at low tide, lie several miles north and west of Islay and Jura, and are beautiful, peaceful and unspoiled islands. Colonsay is renowned for its woodlands and wild flowers.
A distant view of Gigha Island, lying just a few miless off the Kintyre peninsula, can be deceptive - what appears barren and rocky at a distance is a fertile island with a mild climate, productive farming community and supremely beautiful gardens at Achamore. A delightful place to visit.