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Imaginative Small Group Walking Holidays in Scotland and the Faroe Islands

  • North-West Frontiers Mountains and malts

    Mountains and malts

  • North-West Frontiers Heading into the hills, Jura

    Heading into the hills, Jura

  • North-West Frontiers The Paps of Jura

    The Paps of Jura

  • North-West Frontiers Looking across the Corryvrecken to Scaba, Jura

    Looking across the Corryvrecken to Scaba, Jura

  • North-West Frontiers On the way home

    On the way home

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The Route

Mountain & Malts of Islay & Jura

Grade Fit
  • Explore the contrasting landscapes of these 2 Inner Hebridean Islands
  • Ascent of the wonderful Paps of Jura
  • Dramatic coastal walking to the Corryvreckan whirlpool
  • Enjoy a "wee dram" at one of Islay's many distilleries


Wild walking on these two fabulous Inner Hebridean Islands

These two inner Hebridean Islands couldn't offer a greater contrast of landscapes and this fabulous new trip explores the best that these two islands have to offer.

Jura gives a real sense of remoteness and exploration. The quartzite peaks of the Paps are magnet for any hill walker but the island has far more to offer for those that are prepared to make the effort.

Islay in contrast is fertile and was once the principal island in the Hebrides although now it is more famed for its whisky production with numerous distilleries across the island. It is incredibly rich in bird life with over 180 recorded species and over a 100 breeding there.

On this holiday we will climb the Corbett Beinn an Oir (785 metres) the principal hill of the Paps of Jura and walk to the famed Corryreckan whirlpool which has sent shivers down the spine of mariners for centuries. The sight and sounds of the spiralling waters between Jura and Scarba is a wonderful experience, especially on a spring tide. Our exploration of the island continues with the raised beaches, caves, and rock arches of the west coast and if we are lucky we may catch sight of golden eagles.

On Islay we will hike out to the 200 meter high sea cliffs of Mull of Oa which are open to the stormy waters of the Atlantic. No visit to Islay would be complete without sampling the local whisky and after a shorter walk to the northern point of the island we will stop for a "wee dram" at one of the many distilleries on the island.


Day 1 - Arrival & Islay walk.

Day 2 - Jura - Tarbert and the west coast

Day 3 - Jura - The Corryvreckan whirlpool

Day 4 - Jura the Paps of Jura

Day 5 - Islay - Mull of Oa

Day 6 - Islay - Sgarbh Bheinn & distillery

Day 7 - Depart after Breakfast


During the holiday we will stay at the relaxed and friendly Jura Hotel. The hotel is located in the small village of Craighouse, which makes a perfect base for exploring both islands.

Single Supplement

A limited number of single rooms are available from £75

Pickup / Dropoff

Meet at Oban Railway Station 10:30
Finish in Oban 13:30

Included / Excluded


  • 6 nights bed and breakfast in comfortable hotel
  • 5 days walking with a qualified and experienced NWF leader
  • All road and ferry transport during the trip


  • Travel to and from Oban
  • Dinners & (Packed) lunches
  • Travel insurance
  • Miscellaneous expenses like drinks, entrance fees etc

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"An excellent week of mixed walks, comfortable hotel and ideal weather."

Mr C Wimbush

"An excellent trip. Fine walking with stupedous views. Very pleased to do all the Paps and the Corryvrecken."

Mr G Coxon

"Another excellent trip with NWF. Great walking in an interesting/facinating location"

Mr J McGovern

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