Walk: Gigha's Creag Bhan

Gigha | Short walk | ★★★

[Looking north from Creag Bhan 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 owned wholly by its own community, separated from the west coast of Kintyre by the Sound of Gigha. After a few difficult decades, it now has a growing population despite being one of southern Scotland's most isolated places. The island is traversed by a single, quiet road; if you only have a few hours here, a wander along it to the island's highest point at Creag Bhan is recommended, with a rougher track and hill path for the final mile. On a clear day, the views of Islay, Jura, Kintyre, Arran and Ireland from the summit take some beating. Refreshments available (except in low season) at The Boathouse near the start.

[Cows don't always lie down when it's going to rain]

📌 Walk: Gigha's Creag Bhan 
▶ 6 km / 4 miles | ▲ 130 metres
Summits: Creag Bhan (101 metres)
Start / finish: Ardminish jetty, Isle of Gigha, G.R.: NR 654491 ///pram.foot.trousers

Route: Jetty - Ardminish - Druimyeon More - leave track at G.R.: NR 646506 ///improvise.basin.miracle - covered reservoir - Creag Bhan - return to start by outward route
Terrain: Approach on quiet, tarmac road; ascent from Druimyeon More on often muddy track followed by rough hill path.
Wildlife today: Cows (in nearby field) and distant sheep.
Weather today: Sunny on the ferry but clouds soon arriving, with rain on descent - becoming heavy. Light winds.

[CalMac ferry departing Gigha]

Route map

Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

Chronological photo guide

[CalMac ferry departing Gigha]

[The island's only proper road]


[View west from the ascent of Creag Bhan]

[Looking north from Creag Bhan summit]

[Looking west to the Paps of Jura from the summit]

[Southern panorama]


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