The programme will be tailored to your wishes and interests, but this is an example of how the holiday may look like.
Day 1: Glasgow - Crinan - Islay
Meeting in Glasgow. Travel to Islay in our minibus and by Calmac ferry from Kennacraig. Along the way we will have a walk through native woodland with excellent views.
2.5 miles/4km and 575ft/175m of ascent
Kildalton Cross, Islay
Day 2: Kildalton Cross, Laphroaig Distillery, Mull of Oa and whisky tasting
We start our discovery of Islay with a visit to the ruins of Kildalton Chapel, built in the 13th century. Next to the chapel stands a 12 foot (4m) high Celtic cross dating from the first millennium AD. Afterwards we will visit the Laphroaig distillery on the south coast of Islay. This is the only distillery on Islay that still malts the barley on site.
In the afternoon, we take an airy cliff top walk around the Mull of Oa ('oa' pronounced simply 'o'). The stretch between spectacular Dun Athad, on its narrow headland, and the high monument on the Mull itself is as grand a stretch of coast as any on the islands and should certainly blow the cobwebs away and allow us to walk off lunch. If there's particularly good visibility we can see both the Irish and mainland Scottish coasts to remind us of the ancient close links between Scotland, Islay and Ireland, perpetuated in Gaelic place names and the Gaelic speech of many Ilich.
4 miles/6.5km and 330ft/100m of ascent
Evening: whisky tasting.
Day 3: Isle of Jura
We will start our visit to Jura with a tour of the Isle of Jura Distillery. After our dram we will explore Jura's coast, always with the Paps of Jura in the background. If the weather allows us and the group is fit, we will walk up Corra Bheinn, the '4th Pap'.
That would be a maximum of 7 miles/11km and about 2000 ft/600m of ascent
Paps of Jura
Day 4: Finlaggan, Caol Ila Distillery and Ardnave
We start the day with a visit to Finlaggan, once the home of the Lords of the Isles, who ruled over West Scotland from the 13th to the 16th centuries, it was built on some prehistoric ‘crannogs’ (artificial islands in a loch).
Afterwards we continue our journey for a tour of the Caol Ila Distillery.
In the afternoon we drive to Ardnave, overlooking Loch Gruinart, passing the Gruinart Flats, a haven for wading birds and migrating geese, on our way. We will walk around the coast via Ardnave Point. Pleasant going, over sandy beaches, dunes and rocky shores, with wide views towards Colonsay as well as the chance of coming across seals.
About 5 miles/8km with little ascent
Day 5: Islay – Inveraray – Glasgow
We take the morning ferry back to Kennacraig and travel back to Glasgow. We will stop for our lunch in Inveraray, the capital of the Campbell clan. Inveraray has one of the best assorted whisky shops of Scotland.
After lunch and a visit to the whisky shop we will continue our journey to Glasgow where we will arrive in the late afternoon.