Isles of Arran, Islay & Jura Holiday

A suggested 6-7 nights self drive holiday to Scotland’s west coast “sea kingdom”, teeming with birdlife and a paradise for lovers of malt whisky!

You can start any day in either direction and you’re welcome to stay longer or shorter than the suggested itinerary to suit your time available.

Ferry: Ardrossan – Brodick (Isle of Arran)
6-10 daily departures from Ardrossan, including at 0945, 1230, 1520, 1800, with additional sailings from May – September, takes 55 minutes.
3 nights in Arran with a choice of hotels and guest houses in Brodick (the main village) and elsewhere.

Arran is an island of great scenery, excellent walks, wildlife and activities, local food and craft producers, whisky distillery, brewery, castles.

Ferry: Lochranza (north Arran) – Claonaig (Kintyre peninsula)
There are 7-8 daily departures taking 30 minutes. This is a non-bookable service, you just turn up and join the queue for the next ferry. This holiday is based on taking the ferry from Lochranza at 0930 or 1045. From Claonaig you drive the 5 miles to Kennacraig for the ferry to Islay.

Ferry: Kennacraig – Islay (Port Askaig or Port Ellen)
Sail from Kennacraig at 1300 for the 2 hour crossing to Port Askaig. There is also a later ferry at 1800 (and on some days also at 1530) which sails to either Port Askaig or Port Ellen depending on the day of the week. Enjoy 3-4 nights in Islay and Jura with a lovely choice of hotels and guest houses/B&Bs.

Islay has outstanding birdlife, RSPB Reserve, world famous whisky distilleries, museums and coastal scenery. The Isle of Jura is easily visited taking the 5 minutes ferry from Port Askaig, and there is a ferry connection enabling a day visit to Colonsay on Wednesdays & Saturdays (or en-route to Oban). We suggest & recommend a night at the Jura Hotel, with perhaps 2-3 nights in Islay and 1 night in Jura, home to the Jura Distillery (tours Mon-Fri at 11:00 & 14:00, advance booking required). The island is a walker’s paradise, full of red deer and where George Orwell wrote “1984”.

Ferry: Islay to Kennacraig
3-4 sailings each day, departing from Port Askaig or Port Ellen (usually at around 0700, 0945, 1245, 1530 and 1800 depending on the day of the week), taking just over 2 hours.Islay has outstanding birdlife, RSPB Reserve, world famous whisky distilleries, museums and coastal scenery. The Isle of Jura is easily visited taking the 5 minutes ferry from Port Askaig, and there is a ferry connection enabling a day visit to Colonsay on Wednesdays & Saturdays (or en-route to Oban). We suggest & recommend a night at the Jura Hotel, with perhaps 2-3 nights in Islay and 1 night in Jura, home to the Jura Distillery (tours Mon-Fri at 11:00 & 14:00, advance booking required). The island is a walker’s paradise, full of red deer and where George Orwell wrote “1984”.

Self drive Arran & Islay island hopping holiday itinerary.

Once back in Kintyre (after Islay), you can head south to the small island of Gigha for a night or two (which you can also visit in-between Arran & Islay), or north to Oban, Argyll, Mull & Iona, Skye, etc.

You could also cross back over Arran to Ardrossan if heading south instead of driving around Loch Fyne, or take the short ferry hops from Tarbert-Portavadie and Dunoon-Gourock.

We are happy to book a mix of guest houses/B&Bs and hotels, or adjust bookings to suit your preferences in terms of length of stay, room types, location, etc. Let us know if you prefer a double bed or twin beds.

These small, remote, pretty isles are excellent for walking, peace and wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for seals, otters and that most elusive of birds, the corncrake – you’ll probably hear it but will you see it?</font>

Douglas Hart Managing Director
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