Four Jewels – Coastal Islands Arran, Holy Isle, Mull & Kerrera

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Why Book With Us?

  • Small Groups of Max 8
  • Local Guides
  • Hiking off the Beaten Track
  • Authentic Small Hotels
  • 6 Days
  • Max People: 8
  • May - Sept 2022
  • Easy Walks
Four Islands – Arran and Holy Isle, Mull and Kerrera

Wonderfully green and lush these islands are a universe to themselves. Experience island life and pristine nature, meander through Victorian gardens, medieval castles and neolithic stone circles amidst rugged hills and lonely glens on this enjoyable relaxed journey.


Coastal Ambles and Island Discoveries

Easy Walking in Pristine Nature

A delightful trip for those who enjoy the outdoors in a more leisurely way, who enjoy gardens as well as secluded nature, exploring heritage and stories and taking a curious look at real island life. 

  • Easy Walking in Unspoilt Nature
  • Explore Neolithic Stone Circles, Medieval Castles and Victorian Gardens
  • Visit a Buddhist Community on a remote island
  • Experience Island Life
  • Enjoy Welcoming Tea Rooms and Hospitality

Discover Neolithic Stone Circles, explore medieval Castles and magnificent Rhododendron Gardens, visit a Buddhist community on a remote island, watch for sea eagles and otters and hike along ruggedly beautiful coastal paths between mountains, sea and sky.

The West Coast was home to Scotland’s first people who left many traces of their culture, some up to 5000 year old, in the valleys, along the shore and on hill tops. Later, in the 5th century, the first Scottish Kings arrived from Ireland establishing their Kingdom of Dalriada in the valley of Kimartin.

Wildlife The sea and wild landscapes offer superb opportunities for observing birds and sea mammals in their natural environments. Learn to distinguish between eagles, buzzards and ospreys and follow the trail of otters on land. The Atlantic is home to seabirds such as puffins, gannets, fulmars, razorbills and manx shearwaters.

For your comfort we have chosen and tested good quality, cosy and warmly hospitable 3 star accommodation in hotels and guesthouses. The local pub is an excellent place to celebrate your day’s adventures in the evenings – with delicious ale and good food in the company of your group of fellow travellers.

Your walking group of no more than 8 allows flexibility and a friendly, personal ambience. You are accompanied throughout by an experienced and knowledgeable guide who will endeavour to make your holiday a wonderful and enjoyable experience.

What’s Included

  • Escorted Walking Holiday with knowledgeable Tour Guide
  • Small Group Tour (max 8)
  • Travel in Comfortable Minibus (from/ back to Glasgow)
  • 5 Nights Bed & Breakfast in Comfortable Highland Hotels
  • All Evening Meals and Picnic Lunches
  • Visits Brodick Castle, Arran Whisky Distillery, Kilmartin Museum
  • All Ferries

Not Included

  • Single Room Supplement (please contact us if you wish a single room)
  • Travel to and from Glasgow
  • Personal Expenses

Day 1The Isle of Arran, Brodick Castle and Glen Rosa

The Isle of Arran lies west of the huge Clyde estuary and is surrounded by mainland on three sides and only in the south open to the ocean, so is blessed with a very mild temperate climate and a lush vegetation.

Often called miniature Scotland, the island’s northern half has stunning volcanic mountains and in the south rolling green fields.

We explore 12th century Brodick Castle and its extensive and beautiful Rhododendron Gardens. Following lunch on the castle terrace with breathtaking views to the mainland we make our way to the beautiful valley of Glen Rosa for a refreshing hike surrounded by the hills of Goat Fell. Alternatively, there are 5000 year old Stone Circles to be explored in Machrie Mhor. You are free to take your pick.

Journey 2.5 hrs. Ferry 1 hr. Walking 2 hours, 6 km, easy. Overnight Isle of Arran

Day 2Holy Isle - Arran's Buddhist Treasure Island

This small rocky island, Holy Isle, lying off Arran’s eastern shore has been called holy since the 6th century when it became St Molaise’s solitary retreat. Today, the island belongs to the Scotland based Samye Ling Buddhist Community who created a modern and environmentally designed retreat and centre for world peace and health. We take a small ferry across and are welcome with a cup of tea and introduction so that we can fully enjoy the island’s enchanting atmosphere and natural beauty: wild goats, ponies and sheep roam the island, Tibetan paintings adorn the rocks by the shore and the rare Whitebeam tree can be found here. The views are wonderful and you may just ike to stay …

Walking 7km. Walking 3 hours, easy. Overnight Isle of Arran

Day 3A Day's Walking along Arran's Southern Shore

This enjoyable circuit links Arran’s two largest villages – the capital, Brodick, and beautiful Lamlash. The route heads out around the coastline before returning via a cycle path next to the road and then an old track through the wooded Fairy Glen.

Walking 12km, 4 hours, easy – moderate. Overnight Arran

Day 4Whisky, the Atlantic Coast and Neolithic Landscapes

En route on leaving Arran you have the opportunity to visit the island’s only whisky distillery in Lochranza. We continue along the scenic, island dotted coastline to Kilmartin, where we find a wealth of prehistoric monuments. On foot, we discover 5000 year old burial cairns, standing stones and amazing rock carvings and explore Dunadd Fort, where the first Scottish Kings were crowned 500 BC. Later this afternoon, we travel by ferry from the lively harbour town Oban to the Isle of the Isle of Mull and a warm welcome awaits at our cozy and family run Druimnacroish Guesthouse in the north of the island.

Journey 3 hrs. Walking 6 km. 2 hours, easy. Overnight Isle of Mull

Day 5Beaches, Coves and Crofters

Todays walk takes us to Mull’s northernmost point. Surrounded by stunning panoramic views the coastal path takes us through meadows, forests and beautiful sandy beaches for a relaxed, easy and airy hike with great views to the Western Isles in the far distance. You may even spot an eagle soaring or an otter yourself!

Walking 10km, 4 hours, easy. Overnight Isle of Mull

Day 6Cliff Top Castle and Tea on the Isle of Kerrera

We say good bye to Mull and return to Oban just to hop on to yet another tiny ferry to the little known Kerrera Island which is home to a small community of just 35 people. A magnificent circular walk takes us to a ruined cliff top castle and an idyllic cafe where you can enjoy a refreshing cup of tea and delicious cake. Then it is farewell to this island adventure and we begin our journey back to Glasgow.

Journey 3 hrs. Ferry 1 hour. Walking 3 hrs

Where you Stay

We travel to 2 different locations beginning with the Isle of Arran for 3 nights and Mull for the following 2 nights. For all our tours we choose small, cosy island Hotels for comfort, friendliness and excellent Scottish cuisine. 

Please note that prices are based on 2 sharing. We always match guests with same sex, of course. If however, you prefer single room accommodation then please let us know. Supplement are available from £225.

Walking Information

Your walking group – small is beautiful

Our groups are of a personable size of no more than 8 persons and accompanied throughout by an experienced and knowledgeable guide who will do her/ his best to make your time with us in Scotland interesting, enjoyable and comfortable.

Level of fitness

The hiking on this trip is of an easier nature and designed for people with a good general level of fitness and mobility. We hike on good trails but also some rough, rocky and uneven paths. You should be sure footed, have good balance and be used to regularly walking on unpaved tracks .

You may like to concider bringing  some walking poles.

Our itinerary lists distances and elevation for each day. If you are unsure, please contact us and we are happy to discuss any issues.


11Map Four Jewels Arran