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Picture of a small harbour seen from the ferry On Monday we left Islay for the first walk on one of the neighbouring islands, crossing the Sound of Islay to the Isle of Jura from Port Askaig to Feolin Ferry.

Gordon Muir, who already took us on a walk to Loch Tarbert in 2005, was going to be our walk leader again. We met him and a few more walkers at the Three Arched Bridge over Corran River. After some introductions we set off, initially on the road to Knockrome.

The weather was mostly nice and sunny again, giving us nice views over Small Isles Bay to the south. On reaching Burnside/Knockrome we left the road and followed the track north. Impressive views of the famous Paps of Jura were to be had, although it would have been very cold at the summit it looked like a great day to climb the Paps. Some other day...
Picture of walkers on a track leading out of a croft Picture of a group of walkers with the Paps of Jura in the background
Picture of a view over a bay glistening in the sunlight
Picture of walkers using stepping stones to cross a burn From the track we had great views over Lowlandman's Bay and Skervuile Lighthouse out in the sea (too small to see in the picture above).

After a while we left the track and soon followed Abhainn a'Gharbh-achaidh in a north westerly direction until we reached the stepping stones to cross it. This proved to be more difficult than expected but with some help everyone managed to get over the burn safely.

From near Ardmenish the view south west over Lowlandman's Bay, the Bay of Small Isles and the Paps of Jura was very nice in the warm sunshine. You can also view a QuickTime VR panorama of the view over Lowlandman's Bay and the Paps of Jura:

Picture of a panoramic view over a coastline with bays and some hills
Picture of a long line of walkers on wide plain We continued north east over Druim Mór and past Ceann Buidhe over a wide open landscape. While we could see clouds and even rain in the north ahead of us and in the south behind us, none of it reached us and we enjoyed a dry and mostly sunny walk.

The Paps of Jura continued to dominate the views towards the south west, although most of us had to focus on the ground ahead of us, the ground was quite rough and required some care while walking.

We stopped for lunch near Achamore, enjoying views over Port Doir' a' Chrorain and to the mainland. Refreshed the walk continued, Cnoc na Luaidhe (66m) being the next destination for more great views.
Picture of walkers with the Paps of Jura in the background Picture of walkers approaching a rocky knoll
Picture of walkers on a small ridge For some reason a fierce wind was blowing on the ridge so we hurried to leave it and continue to Cnoc an Doire Dharaich. Here we joined the track leading to the A846 road. The last stretch we walked on the road (yes, there are A roads which are single track and have hardly any traffic) until we reached Lagg, our final destination for the walk.

The drivers were taken back to the cars to pick us up and drive us to Craighouse. After five miles and just over three hours (incl breaks) we had earned another two points for a 'walkislay mug', as well as a pint at the bar of the Jura Hotel.

Picture of walkers coming up a hill Picture of a single track road leading to a bay

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