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WalkIslay 2006 Programme Confirmed

Picture of walkers walking up some dunes, sea in the background

Time to get the walking boots ready, only two and a half months to go until WalkIslay 2006. I mentioned recently that I was waiting for the programme. Well, the wait is over. You can read the official version of the programme with more detailed descriptions of the walks on the WalkIslay website. Here's my take on it with a few links to pictures I've taken (at least of the places I've been to already) to give you an idea what to expect. I hope this will help to get you interested and may be even convince you to come to Islay in mid April:

  1. I don't really have any pictures of the area for the first walk, but I'm very much looking forward to Donald James MacPhee's walk through Islay's Great Glen. The best I can offer so far in regards to pictures is the view from Beinn Bheigier north (probably best seen looking north in the QTVR panorama from Beinn Bheigier).
  2. I know quite a lot about the second walk, after all I went on a walk to Proaig and then McArthur's Head just this summer to try out the walk. And I intend to walk it again, as the views are great.
  3. On the Monday I plan to join the walk on Jura along the shore to Lagg. I don't have any pictures from that area (yet), but I can offer some other pictures from Jura.
  4. As I will be on Jura on the Monday I won't participate in the other walk on offer, a walk around Bridgend. I do however have some pictures from a similar walk around Bridgend in 2004.
  5. I hope to be among the 14 confirmed names who will be able to go on the big walk with Jack Adamson on Tuesday. To an extent it will be similar to a walk in the north-east of Islay I went on in August 2005, although it won't go up Sgarbh Breac but all the way to Bholsa and the caves instead.
  6. The alternative is a much shorter walk around Bowmore, I don't really have any pictures of the route the walk will take
  7. Wednesday should see me taking the ferry to Colonsay. Weather permitting we'll walk to Oronsay, a walk I've completed three times already (alone, with my mother and finally with my sister) but am more than happy to complete again. If that's not possible the walk will go to Kiloran Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world I think.
  8. The alternative for those not going to Colonsay is a walk near Killinallan at Loch Gruinart, a few impressions of the area around Killinallan at the bottom of this page.
  9. Thursday will see two walks from the RSPB reserve, the first one in the morning around the RSPB reserve, similar to the RSPB Loch Gruinart walk in 2004.
  10. The afternoon will see a walk around Ardnave, which should be very nice especially on a sunny day.
  11. All too soon it will be the last day of WalkIslay 2006. The Friday morning will see me on The Oa for the walk with Gus Keys. The walk will mainly be on the eastern and southern side of The Oa, an area I haven't really visited yet. But I can offer some very nice pictures of the south western part of The Oa to give you an impression of the landscape.
  12. The last and final walk will be around Ballygrant and end at the Ballygrant Inn. I better make sure I've got transport sorted out, as I assume we will consume the odd pint and/or dram after the walk.

I hope that's enough to get you interested. Book the flights, book the ferry if you come by car and find some accommodation, be it in a hotel, guest house, youth hostel or self catering.

If that still isn't enough, you also get the opportunity to celebrate at least part of my birthday with me, which will be on the Saturday after the last walks. Now if that isn't an incentive to come...

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