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Handful of Islands

Guided Walking: Handful of Islands

7 islands in 5 walking days; Kerrera, Lismore, Luing, Mull, Iona, Staffa, Erraid. Pure, cool magic! Half based in the buzzing island supply port of Oban, and half on the Ross of Mull, from which 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.

Ferry Journeys

This trip involves travelling by Ferry. 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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map - Handful of Islands walking holiday

Your walking holiday includes:

  • Fully Qualified Leader
  • 6 nights hostel accommodation (3 of the nights are ensuite rooms); continental breakfasts throughout.
  • 7 return 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 first base in Oban for 3 nights

Day 2: Head over to Luing to claim our first island. It's famous for slate and Luing cattle, among other things; really interesting, so it is. 7km> / 85m^.

Day 3: Lismore today translates as Big Garden, and it certainly is. With its special geology and the sheltered spot it enjoys, there’s no time of the year 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 Kerrera. Apart from viking connections, it is famous for Gylen Castle and was also where Alexander II died; 10km> / 275m^. On return to Oban, we head for the ferry to sail over to Mull, making for Fionnphort area and our second base.

Day 5: Today it's over to the Island of Staffa, famous for its stunning basalt columns forming Fingal's Cave. The other part of the day, we make for the tidal Island of Erraid, made famous by R.L. Stevenson in 'Kidnapped'; 7km->/35m^.

Day 6: And finally, we spend a relaxing day exploring Iona, the jewel in the island collection, or just chilling-out and soaking up the atmosphere, if that's your preference; 7-8km->/120m^.

,p>Day 7: With heads full of memories, we head back to Craignure for our ferry to the mainland, and our return to Stirling, arriving there by 17.00.


6 nights’ accommodation in small rooms, 3 of the nights ensuite.


Continental breakfasts are included in the price of your holiday, but packed lunches and evening meals are your own responsibility. These can be sourced nearby. You may self-cater if you wish. Ingredients for lunches can obtained locally.

Maps of the area & background reading

To get the most from your C-N-Do Scotland activity you may wish to do some background reading prior to departure.


Books which you may find informative are:


Maps which you may find informative are:

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At a glance

  • Grade: Grade 1
  • Price: £870 p.p
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Accommodation: 6 nights
  • Accom type: Small hostel rooms (3 nights ensuite) / Breakfasts
  • Walking/Exploring: 5 days
  • Travel: 2 days
  • Group min: 4
  • Group max: 8
  • Meet: Stirling Railway Station or C-N-Do Office, Stirling
  • Finish: Stirling
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