The Mull of Oa is the block of high ground, almost like a separate island, just to the west and south of Port Ellen. If you get a clear dry day during your visit to Islay, a walk up here can be a very rewarding experience, though you will need your own transport to the starting point.

From Port Ellen, drive due west and pick up the single-track round signposted Mull of Oa and "American Monument". At the end of the tarred road, a short section of track leads to a car park.

From here, you have the option of a circular walk, which is best taken in the afternoon/evening, walking the route in an anti-clockwise direction. Ignore signs pointing to the left saying "circular walk" because this is the way you'll be coming back!

Take the path leading half-right and uphill. It can be muddy in wet weather, so 'sensible' footwear is advisable. The path leads up and over the hill through a number of "kissing gates", and once over the brow you'll see the huge American Monument commemorating the tragic sinking of the "Tuscania", a Cunard  troopship, by a U-boat on February 5th 1918. The incident occurred about 7 miles offshore, and 266 drowned despite rescue attempts, including many American servicemen. The views from this point are staggering, taking in the coast of Northern Ireland, the Kintyre peninsula, and the islands of Jura, Colonsay and  Mull to the north.

When leaving the Monument, follow the waymark posts by the path parallel to the shore, and after a ½ mile or so, the path turns inland, passing to the right of a farm. From here the track leads back to the car-park where you started the walk. 

View to American Monument