Five of the best walking routes on Islay

We’ve picked a few of our favourite walks
to explore from The Machrie.

Whether you’re an avid hiker or simply enjoy leisurely walks, Islay offers a captivating setting with its natural
beauty, diverse wildlife, whisky heritage, and historical sites. It’s a place where you can escape the bustle of
everyday life and immerse yourself in the tranquility of a Scottish island.

Islay is relatively untouched by mass tourism, and the island maintains a friendly and laid-back atmosphere. The slower
pace of life, coupled with the idyllic landscapes, makes it an ideal destination for walkers seeking solitude, peace,
and a chance to connect with nature.

Read our suggested best walking routes on the island for you to try for yourself. A dram awaits at the hotel upon your

1. Three Distilleries Pathway

Ardbeg distillery
Location: 10 minute drive/taxi/bus from The Machrie to Port Ellen or Ardbeg.

A winding route from Port Ellen to Ardbeg, with tours at Ardbeg, Laphroaig and Lagavulin whisky distilleries all
pre-bookable ahead of time.
Or, stride there and back for a 9.7km longer route starting and finishing in Port Ellen.

Explore the route here

2. Kintra and Soldier’s Rock circular

Soilders rock
Location: 10-15 minutes walk from the hotel to Kintra/ 15 minute drive/taxi from The Machrie

A 8km circular trail close to the hotel, with rocky outcrops and inland trails, an easy route that takes a couple of
hours to complete. The walk passes Soldier’s Rock at Mull of Oa, at the southern end of Laggan Bay. The walk from the
hotel hops over a stream to start from Kintra campsite.

the route here

3. Port Ellen to Carraig Fhada Lighthouse

Port Ellen lighthouse
Location: 10 minute drive/taxi/bus from The Machrie

A 10km walk around the bay from the town of Port Ellen to the iconic square Carraig Fhada Lighthouse, built in 1832.

the route here

4. RSPB – The Oa

Cornish Chough
Location: 15 minute drive from The Machrie

Wild goats, sea cliffs and open moorland. Golden eagles, peregrine falcons and sunbathing seals. The Oa RSPB nature
reserve is a working farm explored from the coastal path.