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Which island best for the day? Arran, Islay, Gigha or Jura

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Which island best for the day? Arran, Islay, Gigha or Jura

Staying in Kilberry for the week and will probably only have one ferry trip.

Which of these would you experts suggest if we would like to visit a distillery and take in the scenery bearing in mind we'll be on foot.

Thanks in advance

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1. Re: Which island best for the day? Arran, Islay, Gigha or Jura

No distillery on Gigha, but small enough to do as a day trip and see the lovely gardens, hire a bike and explore the island one end to the other.

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2. Re: Which island best for the day? Arran, Islay, Gigha or Jura

If you'll be on foot, Islay is not really practical. Especially since the ferry can depart from a different port to the one where you arrive.

But you are still in luck, because one of the best distillery tours in Scotland doesn't even need a ferry, and is in easy striking distance of Kilberry. Check out Springbank in Campbeltown tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g186499-d1…

That way you can spend an enjoyable day on Gigha as your island trip. It is better anyway without a car, and so you can fulfil both needs that way, I'd suggest.

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3. Re: Which island best for the day? Arran, Islay, Gigha or Jura

How will you get to the ferry if you are on foot?

No matter, the best option is Clonaig to Lochranza on Arran. The village has a castle a pub, great scenery, and a distillery about 10 minutes walk from the ferry terminal. There's also regular buses around the island.

www.calmac.co.uk

and check Arran tourism sites for further details.

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4. Re: Which island best for the day? Arran, Islay, Gigha or Jura

Islay for the best whisky, but as others have said you need to work out your transport. Or get a bike.

Arran is much easier and there are buses if you want t move about. Buses not that frequent but they're there. Or go climb a mountain.

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5. Re: Which island best for the day? Arran, Islay, Gigha or Jura

I'm assuming you will have a car to drive from Kilberry to the ferry, but will then cross over to your chosen island as foot passengers. Is that correct?

If so, they are all possible. The pros and cons are something like this:

Arran: Claonaig - Lochranza ferry within easy reach. Lochranza is a pleasant village. Check bus timetables in advance and you should be able to do a little tour of the island as well. Arran ticks your boxes, but some people feel that it's a bit populous and less truly 'insular' than, say, Jura or Gigha.

Islay: Kennacraig ferry even closer to Kilberry than Claonaig. It's another big island, but if you use the buses you should be able to get around OK. Catch the 07.00 from Kennacraig (08.00 on Wednesdays) and the 18.00 return from Port Ellen (19.45 from Port Askaig on Wednesdays) and you can still have a good day and get around the island by bus. Three famous distilleries within easy reach of Port Ellen.

Gigha: a lovely, unspoilt small island. Close to the mainland, but a genuine island experience. Hire bikes when you get there.

Jura: another true island experience. But the Jura Passenger Ferry goes from Tayvallich, which is probably furthest from Kilberry, and it is also by some way the most expensive. Unlike the others, you need to book it in advance. The Jura distillery tour is informal and free (but you need to book), and the distillery is a very short walk from where the passenger ferry arrives in Craighouse. You can hire bikes (book through the passenger ferry), but be warned that Jura is a much bigger and hillier island than Gigha.

You didn't mention Colonsay, but that is also a possibility, from Kennacraig at 08.00 on Wednesdays only.

They are all great places, so you're spoilt for choice. Enjoy your trip, whichever you choose.

Edited: 04 September 2012, 10:19
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6. Re: Which island best for the day? Arran, Islay, Gigha or Jura

Fantastic guys. Thanks.

You're right we will be leaving the car at the terminal, seems quite a lot more to take a car for just one day.

We arrive Sat so now a bit concerned about the weather but I'm sure we'll enjoy ourselves. I hear the Kilberry Inn is good!

Thanks again

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