Walking on Islay and Jura

Walks close to Persabus

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Lily Loch and Loch Ballygrant

Walks from the farmhouse and cottages at Persabus.

Staying on the farm allows you easy access to beautiful woodland and lochs. Follow tracks down through the woods to the shore.

Follow the single track road from the farm down towards the main road. Cross the main road to the lifeboat houses. To the left of the houses is a track which follows the main road heading for Port Askaig. Stay on this track, it will lead you to the gate, opposite Caol ila road end. Go through the gate and follow the track to the right. Walk down to Lilly Loch where you will see beautiful lillies in flower in late June and early July. At Lily Loch you can take a right and follow the track all the way to Ballygrant, just head right along the single track road at the end of the woods and right again and you will come to the main road. A track follows this main road and takes you eventually back to the lifeboat houses opposite Persabus road end.

You can also take a left at Lily Loch, follow the track up a slight hill and then take the first left. This track will eventually lead you through woodland to a small pebble bay on the Sound of Islay, or on your way along the track look out for a track to your left up the hillside. You will come to slate bench. Here there are panoramic views of the Sound of Islay. Sit back and watch the ferry sail down the Sound of Islay.

Walk up to the trig point on the farm

The trig point on Persabus is at the top of Cnoc Abhail. It is well worth the climb, but do check if the cows are on the hill as it might not be suitable to take dogs. The steep climb takes about half an hour. From the top, at the trig point, you can see all the way across the farmland and beyond out towards the coastline of the Rhinns of Islay. Ahead are the Paps of Jura and on clear days, the mountains on Mull reveal themselves out across the sea in the distance. You can watch the ferry, fishing boats and yachts sailing up the Sound of Islay. There is a fantastic bird’s eye view of Persabus farm and steadings. This is the 360 panorama of course. Do remember to turn your head, or for the wildly enthusiastic a pirouette on top of the trig point is always an option.

Walks at Bunnahabhain

If you drive along the single track road towards Bunnahabhain Distillery, just before the final bend down to the distillery you will see a track on your left. Park on the grass here. You can follow the track, crossing at the bridge, all the way through the forest to Balulive Farm, and walk on along the road to Finlaggan.

Alternatively at the gate follow the track just past the old stone sheep fank. Turn right and go through the deer gate. Follow the track over the bridge and enjoy a hike out along this spectacular coastline. Watch seals, oystercatchers, eagles and deer in this stunning wilderness. For a long hike, take a few hours and follow the track leading to Rhuvaal lighthouse on Islay’s north coast.

Bridgend Woods

Enjoy a walk through the beautiful woods at Bridgend along the River Sorn. Parking is available on the car park just opposite the gate to the woods at Bridgend. There are lots of lovely paths to explore taking you to the Woollen Mill and beyond, or along the Strath.

Islay Natural History Trust Nature walks

During the summer months enjoy guided walks in a group setting. For June’s guided walks click here.

For more walking routes and guides

around the islands do visit Walk Highlands Islay walks

Lambs on the road
Person on beach
Person on beach
Heather on the hillside
Girl on hillside
two girls walking along a track