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Isle of Gigha, Scotland


This page links to an overview page on the Isle of Gigha, and three walking stories. Gigha made a great place for a couple of days’ family holiday in the spring-time.  Above all, it provides a real small island experience, which children will love. And for the kids, it's an easy introduction to the pleasures of hiking (see Frances' story).

It’s a place to feel away-from-it-all, to relax and reflect.

Gigha offers a choice of easy walks: some over low hills with great views of the coast and islands; others around Achamore Gardens and along the shoreline.

There is added interest resulting from the community buy-out of Gigha in 2002, and Scotland’s first community-owned wind-farm. And it has a good hotel to stay in and a 9-hole golf course!

Contributed by:  Andrew and Frances Llanwarne

Ardminish Bay, Isle of Gigha

Ardminish Bay, Isle of Gigha

Key Facts (summary)

Location Off the west coast of Scotland, close to Kintyre, Argyll
When it was walked April 2005
Walk type Countryside paths and easy hills
Difficulty Achamore Gardens suitable for anyone who enjoys an easy walk, the other two require a reasonable level of fitness and strong footwear, but all are short.
Distance approx 3-7 km / 2-4 miles
Height climbed approx

100 m / 330 ft on Creag Bhan,

69 m / 230 ft on Cnoc na Croise

20 m / 70 ft in Achamore Gardens

Time taken approx Each requires around 2 hours
Map used if any Sketch maps in Walk Gigha Path Network booklet
Source of info on walk Path Network booklet
Getting there Ferry from Tayinloan, Kintyre
Places to stay Isle of Gigha Hotel - also self catering cottages, and B & B at Achamore House
Places to eat/ buy food Hotel, Boathouse restaurant, Village shop
Any other local attractions or facilities Achamore Gardens, 9-hole golf course