Isle of Kerrera

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The Hush-Hush Reviewer
Glasgow, UK718 contributions
Definitely lovely
Jun 2021
Worth the price of the ferry ticket. Other reviewers have mentioned that it's a lovely island and I can confirm that it is indeed. Come and see for yourself and see its loveliness.
Written 6 June 2021
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Edinburgh, UK9 contributions
Stunning views
May 2021 • Couples
Brilliant wee trip from Oban. Walk to the ferry from Oban and then take the short crossing to this peaceful and beautiful isle. Unspoiled natural beauty. Gylen castle is a nice photo if you do the southbound loop. Moderate walking trails, stunning views.
Written 2 May 2021
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Peter R
Dartford, UK868 contributions
Lovely Island
Sep 2020
The ferry to Kerrera is some 10 minute’s drive south out of Oban, parking is limited so ensure you arrive early. You have to pay to use the ferry and only cards are accepted. The ferry will run until all those waiting have been transferred. On disembarking we walked anti clockwise around the island, it did rain on a couple of occasions but on the whole, it was dry and on occasions the sun came out!! The walk is about 6 or 7 miles, on a variety of road farm track and muddy paths, with a steepish rise at one point, so wear good quality walking boots. Just over halfway round we stopped for our packed lunch at a beautiful spot overlooking the mainland. On our way back to the ferry we did a short diversion to Gylen Castle which is definitely worth a visit.
Written 28 October 2020
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Birkenhead, UK1 contribution
Beautiful little island
Sep 2020
We visited on an amazingly warm and sunny September day and the scenery and views were stunning. The walk to the tea shop was definitely considerably more than the half an hour we had ben told and as we had not manged to get on the ferry until 12.45 it was a rush to get there in time for their limited opening time of 12 - 2pm. Lemon drizzle cake was excellent but we were not overly impressed with the stovies or rather small cup of tea!
The walk back to the ferry was more leisurely with time to sit and take in the views. We spotted Balliemore Farm shop sign and set off to get an ice cream but, with no real idea of how far away it was and an uphill track, after experiencing the added distance to the teashop, we gave up part way. We met Gill, the owner, on our way back down and apologised that we had missed visiting them (actually it was only round the corner from where we gave up!) Minutes later, as we waited for the ferry, Gill appeared on her quad bike with 2 delicious ice creams - definitely an act of unexpected kindness! Well done Gill for your customer care! We'll be visiting you first next time!
Written 24 September 2020
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Critic NW
Southport, UK9 contributions
Incredible Views
Sep 2020
The Isle of Kerrera is an excellent place to visit for walking and brilliant views. Looking out onto the isles or back onto the mainland is breath taking at many points along the island. The castle on the southern end of the island is small but worth a look especially as it sits atop an excellent viewpoint.

Our party took a walk to the castle and back to the ferry so this is the only area of the Isle of Kerrera I have seen. There is a small farm shop selling eggs, lamb/mutton, homemade ice cream and cakes amongst other items paid for either through cash in an honesty box or through bank transfer using the info provided. The ice cream was very nice. The walk up to the shop was arounf 15 minutes from the ferry and there and back to the castle and a stop at the farm shop took us around 2.5 hours. The bunkhouse/tea room was on reduced hours and therefore closed due to covid during our visit

Just ensure you don't miss the ferry off the island or you might have to stay the night.
Written 23 September 2020
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Leicester, UK6 contributions
Dramatic and fab views
Sep 2020
A fabulous experience, great walking tracks on the road, lots of sheep about, saw buzzards, bramblings, wagtails,robins and wild goats. No general bins, so keep in mind if you have a dog and walking with a poo bag. The island is spotlessly clean. At the tea room and en route to the castle is a toilet - be aware that it is a pit toilet - no running water. Just up the road past the notice board having left the ferry, is a road to the right with a board for a ''farm shop''. Totally lovely, good quality meat, ice cream was superb - and the homemade cherry flapjack to die for - WELL WORTH A VISIT. Staff on ferry very friendly, ferry takes card payments, no charge to visit the island other than ferry fee. The shop is a goodwill box for cash only. Was very busy to get the ferry, a squeeze for parking so make sure you are early to not disappoint
Written 9 September 2020
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Killearn, UK229 contributions
Reminiscent roam
Oct 2019 • Family
Came here after many years and it was just as lovely as I remembered it. Ferry every 30 minutes. Two adults and a child was £8 return on the ferry and although the tea room was closed (as it was out of season) we had a nice wander along the road and the beach and along onto the crags. Great views of Oban and the sea to the west. Good for a short energetic or lazy walk with children, teenagers and a dog (although dogs have to stay on a lead at all times).
Written 20 October 2019
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Preston, UK30 contributions
Good walk - if you're properly booted
Sep 2019
The ferry across from just south of Oban was well trafficked even in mid/late September, we had to wait for the next one as space limited. Five minutes to cross to Kerrera, so not a long wait as they seem to just shuttle back and forth.

We did the loop clockwise, so the tea house - good cake, good tea, quick service, nice place to sit and the only toilets you'll see for a while - came early on, about 2 miles in. The loop is about 6.5 miles: some on basic road, some on farm track, some on pretty muddy path, with a steepish rise at one point, so wear walking boots and trousers (seems obvious, but we passed a struggling couple where he had wellies and she was in a skirt and stacked heels). Don't miss out on the castle, it's a short diversion off the main track, but very dramatic/atmospheric location.
Written 26 September 2019
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Quakertown, PA1,888 contributions
Peaceful Island Wonderful Walk
Sep 2019 • Couples
Took the ferry from Gallanach Oban directly across to the Isle of Kerrera. There is another ferry that leaves from the North Pier in Oban and travels to the northern part of Kerrera. Since we wanted to walk to the Tea Garden and the Gylen Castle we chose the southern most ferry. Fare is £3.20 per person and you pay the gentleman on the ferry no advanced tickets were available when we traveled to the Isle. The ferry has a 12 passenger limit for each trip. In our case, middle of September, not the busy season, we were about 35 in line and had to wait for a few passes of the ferry.

Kerrera is an island in the Scottish Inner Hebrides, close to the town of Oban. The island is around 7 km long and around 2 km wide, and is separated from the mainland by the Sound of Kerrera, about 500 m wide.

The walk is an easy trek along a gravel path, passing by fields of green grass and sheep, tall Rocky Mountains and inlets covered with seaweed and rocks. Stunning views back to Oban.

At the tip of the Isle is the Gylen Castle and the Tea Garden. The trek to the castle itself is quite steep as you approach the rock upon which it sits. There is not clear walking path, you just walk up the hill to the landing spot on top. The views from the castle are amazing and worth the trek. Food is available at the Tea Garden and is quite fresh and tasty.

Gylen Castle is a ruined castle, or tower house, at the south end of the island of Kerrera in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, on a promontory overlooking the Firth of Lorne. It was made a scheduled monument in 1931.

Fantastic day trip from Oban. Not crowded and a peaceful trek.
Written 20 September 2019
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Minnesota67 contributions
Great hikes, but don’t take the wrong ferry!
Sep 2019 • Couples
We took a day trip to Kerrera from Oban. We planned to do the 7 mile loop from the ferry to the tea house and castle ruins. However, the ferry we found online (at the visitkererra.con website) actually went to the wrong side of the island (north marina instead of south), so be careful with that. If we had wanted to go to the tea house it would have been the long 13 miles hike around the entire island!

I was disappointed to miss out on a cute tea house, but the northern loop hike was actually very beautiful and remote. We saw lots of highland cows, sheep, pigs, goats and even seals in the bay! You also get great views of the Isle of Mull and some other islands. We ended up just hiking to the south ferry marina (about 4 miles) since it rained the entire time we were hiking. There we caught the other ferry (run by another company) back to a marina south of the town of Oban. I highly recommend—but pack good waterproof shoes and clothes!
Written 3 September 2019
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