Gigha

[Good views north from Creag Bhan, even on a grey day]

You may well never have heard of Gigha (pronounced gee-uh), even if you live in Scotland. It's a small island separated from the west coast of Kintyre by the Sound of Gigha, owned wholly by the local community. After a few difficult decades, it now has a growing population despite being one of Southern Scotland's most isolated places. If you only have a few hours here, a wander to the island's highest point is recommended. Achamore Gardens is close to the jetty, a haven for rhododendrons. A bike is probably the best way to zip around the island, which is traversed by just a single, quiet road.

[View from Gigha jetty]

Name: Achamore Gardens
Description: 54 acre garden set in the grounds of Achamore House, including a walled garden and rare rhododendrons.
Location: A mile south of Ardminish jetty, G.R.: NR 644478 / peachy showering butterfly
Open (2017): Daily
Cost (2017): By donation

Name: Creag Bhan (101 metres) ★☆☆
Description: The island's highest point, with views of Islay, Jura, Kintyre, Arran, and Ireland on a clear day.
Location: 2 miles north of Ardminish jetty, G.R.: NR 648509 / undivided clouds airtime
Anything else? Take the road to Druimyeon More farm, then track and hill path to the summit. Track is very muddy; path is grassy with a couple of rocky sections.

[Rain advancing on Islay, seen from the approach to Creag Bhan]

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