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Handful of Islands guided walking holiday

Handful of Islands walking holiday

5 islands in 4 days; Kerrera, Lismore, Luing, Mull, Iona; pure, cool magic! From our base in the buzzing island supply port of Oban, we venture forth daily to collect another one or even two of the varied scattering of islands nearby.

They’re all different, special and unforgettable. Easy paced strolling will allow us to absorb the character, store the views, and create memories. You’ve just got to go there.

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Ferry Journeys

There is always a slight possibility on trips involving ferries, that severe weather conditions or other reasons will prevent a scheduled sailing. However unlikely this may be on this trip, it may not be possible to keep to the planned timings. Any additional expenses incurred through changes in the ferry schedule will not be met by C-N-Do Scotland.

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Dates Price SRS Spaces  
12-17 April 2017 £625 n/a Spaces available
01-06 Oct 2017 £625 n/a Spaces available

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Your walking holiday includes:

  • Fully Qualified Leader
  • 5 nights ensuite Hostel accommodation with full Scottish Breakfasts
  • 10 ferry journeys
  • Transport from and back to Stirling
  • Daily transport as required and for baggage
  • VAT at 20%

Handful of Islands - Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: After assembling in Stirling, we head to our base in Oban for 5 nights

Day 2: Head over to Kerrera to claim our first island. Apart from viking connections, Kerrera is famous for Gylen Castle and for where Alexander II died. 10km> / 275m^.

Day 3: Lismore today translates as Big Garden, and so it is. With its special geology and the shelter spot it enjoys, there’s no time of the years when there’s not something to see. We’ll probably do a circuit from Achnacroish where our ferry takes us to. 10km> / 90m^.

Day 4: If it’s day four it must be the island of Luing, famous for slate and Luing cattle amongst other things; really interesting, so it is. 7km> / 85m^.

Day 5: And finally, after an early start, we’ll take the ferry to Mull and drive along to the ferry to Iona, where we’ll spend most of the day. Iona has a special atmosphere that needs no explaining but it does have to be experienced. Weather depending we’ll either walk south to Columba’s Bay or north to Dun I. 8km> / 120m^.

Day 6: With heads full of memories, return to Stirling, arriving there by 13.00.


5 nights’ accommodation in twin and double ensuite rooms at Oban SYHA hostel. Bedding is provided and towels can be hired.


Breakfasts are included in the price of your holiday, but packed lunches and evening meals are your own responsibility. These can be sourced nearby or ingredients obtained or brought to self-cater. Oban hostel provides 1, 2 and 3 course evening meals that can be booked on arrival.

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