Guided day walks on Jura

Explore Jura through an islander’s eyes with a Jura Guided day walk. 

You can soak up the island’s spectacular landscapes, natural wonders, legends and culture while I take care of the navigating.

Below are some popular guided day walks I offer – but really, I can guide you anywhere on the Isle of Jura, depending on what you’d like to see. Whether you want to spend the day spotting otters, or whether you fancy a short hike and a packed lunch by a loch, I can craft the perfect walk for you.

Get in touch and we can have a chat about what you’d like your walk to include. I’ll make recommendations based on your interests and create a custom itinerary for a great walk.

Guided walks start at £50 for one person. The price depends on route, inclusions (e.g. Island Bakehouse packed lunch), number of people, etc. I’ll put together a quote for you on enquiry. 

All day walks can be booked for individuals or groups.

Barnhill and the Corryvreckan Whirlpool

Starting at the end of Jura’s one road, this is an adventurous wander out to the island’s wild northern tip. You’ll pass magical Barnhill, where George Orwell wrote 1984, and head on to Kinuachdrachd, the northernmost dwelling on Jura.

The final stop is the infamous Gulf of Corryvreckan and its fearsome, raging whirlpool.* This beautiful, dramatic walk is steeped in untouched nature and legend. Good track most of the way. Can be shortened as needed.

*I can’t guarantee the whirlpool will be active, as it depends on tides, etc.

Conquer the iconic magical mountains of Jura. A long, strenuous climb with incredible rewards of nature and unbelievable panoramic views of Ireland, Islay and the Southern Hebrides on a clear day. This walk can be tailored to include 1, 2 or 3 Paps, with a couple of different route choices. Good fitness needed.* A great sense of achievement guaranteed.

* All Pap walks agreed with confirmation of prior hill walking experience.

The bothies

Take a walk out to one of Jura’s three bothies – remote cottages that offer basic overnight shelter for wanderers in wild and lonely spaces. The walks themselves promise natural wonders, great views and nods to Jura’s past.

These are day walks, but if you’d like to stay overnight at the bothies or visit more than one, let me know and I’ll tell you what’s possible.

Glengarrisdale bothy

Soak up tales of ancient clan battles and folklore with every step towards the island’s western Atlantic coast. Reach the wild romantic hideaway of Glengarrisdale, with silver sands and the roar of the Gulf within earshot.

Cruib bothy

A remote bothy with an interesting recent history. Enjoy views of Loch Tarbert westwards and a beautiful angle of the Paps. The walk follows old drovers tracks past the ruins of dwellings and other remnants of Jura’s agricultural past.

Coastal township walks

Enjoy a relaxed stroll exploring the history, heritage and stories of Jura’s resourceful island communities. Meet friendly locals who call Jura home and get a real glimpse of island life.

These walks have stunning coastal backdrops and plenty of opportunities to spot otters, seals and other wildlife. They are all on good track and can be as short or as long as you like.

Craighouse and Keils

Explore the heart of the island with a scenic stroll through Jura’s main village, with its one shop, one pub and famous whisky distillery. Then up to the crofting township of Keils for unbeatable views of Small Isles Bay.

£50 1 person (£20 pp thereafter)

Craighouse, Keils and Corran Sands

We can extend the Craighouse and Keils walk by continuing up the road to Corran Sands – a locals’ favourite beach, with white Hebridean sands and a lovely spot for a rest. Otters and seals are often spotted here.

£50 1 person (£20 pp thereafter)

Knockrome, Ardfernal and Ardmenish

Walk through Jura’s charming crofting townships, alive with crofting activity and a vibrant working community. Get a real glimpse into island life. Soak up the peaceful nature and community feel. Good chance of spotting hen harriers.

£75 1 person (£20 pp after)

Ardmenish, An Dunan and Lowlandman’s Bay

Explore an Iron Age fort, a lighthouse keeper’s house and idyllic Lowlandman’s Bay. Discover tales of treasure and leaps of faith. Chance of spotting seals, otters, hen harriers, eagles, dolphins, porpoises and, if you’re really lucky, whales.

£75 1 person (£25 pp after)

Lussagiven, Ardlussa and Inverlussa

Head ‘up north’ to discover Jura’s vibrant northern communities, with lush countryside and lovely coastal views. A chance to visit award-winning Lussa Gin and stop at Tea on the Beach for a wee tea and freshly made cake.

£75 1 person (£20 pp after)

Ardfin

Explore Jura’s south coast and the heritage and superstition of Ardfin’s history. With amazing views to Islay and the uninhabited Am Fraoch Eilean (Castle Island). Possibility of wild goats, deer, sea eagles and even dolphins.

£75 1 person (£25 pp after)

Hills, lochs and wild spaces

Pull on your walking boots for a trek into the burnt-gold beauty of Jura’s wild spaces, with hidden lochs, rushing waterfalls and Paps sweeping up around you.

There’s space to breathe out here, and with no sign of the road you’re completely immersed in nature – walking to the peaceful soundtrack of tinkling burns and the odd yelp of golden eagles.

Beinn Bhreac and Beinn Tarsuinn

A personal favourite of mine. An undiscovered gem that even most locals don’t know about! An easy-going day on the hill out to the heart of the island. Great views in every direction, including a breathtaking panoramic of Loch Tarbert.

Loch a’ Bhaile-Mhargaidh and Brat Bheinn

A walk out to brooding Market Loch, the water source for Jura whisky, via forest track, waterfalls and local standing stones. Continue on to Brat Bheinn for beautiful views of Small Isles Bay and Jura’s south headland.

Loch an t-Siob

A rough, boggy trek to the foothills of the Paps, where a mystical loch and snug boathouse sit dwarfed by the mighty mountains. Deer, eagles and white hares are common.

Evans’ Walk and Glenbatrick

A truly wild ramble out to the rugged west coast. You’ll walk in the shadow of the Paps and follow lochs, rivers and waterfalls until reaching Glenbatrick with its beautiful turquoise water.

Corporate guided walks

Want to inspire your customers or team members with a fun, adventurous ramble on Jura? I offer fully tailored corporate walks for a truly unforgettable away day.

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