Islay & Jura Whisky Trails

Islay & Jura Whisky Trails

Explore the diverse landscapes of Islay & Jura; visit distillery water sources, and walk the coastlines and white sand beaches that lend their flavour to the islands’ iconic single malts; Bowmore, Jura, Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, and Kilchoman. With time in the itinerary for visiting 7 out of 9 distilleries this trip is perfect for both whisky-tasting amateurs and connoisseurs.

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Viewing format
Difficulty easy
Distance 7.4 km
Duration 2:00 h
Ascent 234 m
Descent 223 m

Walk from the sea to the water source for Jura’s whisky following forest tracks and grassy hill paths with commanding views to the mainland.

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail
Beinn an Oir
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 14.5 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 814 m
Descent 816 m

Cover varied and rough terrain on an iconic yet strenuous route taking in Beinn an Oir the highest of Jura's Paps.   

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 17.6 km
Duration 8:00 h
Ascent 1,495 m
Descent 1,486 m

Cover varied and rough terrain on an iconic yet strenuous route taking in the striking Paps of Jura. 

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 7.7 km
Duration 2:30 h
Ascent 87 m
Descent 83 m

Two short loops combined to take in the best of Port Wemyss and Portnahaven on the south-western tip of Islay.

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 17.1 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 42 m
Descent 64 m

A linear walk ending with a loop of the beautiful dune landscape of Ardnave Point before returning to the RSPB visitor centre at Gruinart. 

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 12.9 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 30 m
Descent 32 m

Visit Machir Bay, after which one of Kilchoman’s malts is named, then walk out to Saligo and discover two more white-sand beaches tucked behind the ...

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 13.9 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 54 m
Descent 45 m

A varied coastal route beginning and ending in Bowmore whilst taking in the beaches and craggy coastline of Laggan Point. 

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 9.1 km
Duration 2:30 h
Ascent 90 m
Descent 90 m

A short walk perfect for taking in the best of Port Ellen after arriving; pass by the two beaches of Port Ellen village and the Carraig Fhada ...

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 11.7 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 31 m
Descent 34 m

Explore the stretch of coastline from Port Ellen to Ardbeg distillery, taking in Laphroaig and Lagavulin distilleries on the way. 

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd