Monday, April 30, 2007

Great days on Gigha

Fresh from our retreat from the Mull of Kintyre we were facing a long drive home in the heat of the day when I spotted the lovely Isle of Gigha lying enticingly off the west coast of the Kintyre peninsula. We had no maps but I have been several times before so off we went! I love the dazzling white shell sand beaches and turquoise and ultramarine waters of the Hebrides.

It's a 36 km round trip and we camped overnight.

The Sound of Gigha can be a bumpy place. especially when the tide is running. On the crossing we had a great downwind blast in a fresh wind.

The west side was very sheltered and we enjoyed lovely views over the Sound of Jura to the Paps of Jura.


  1. We were headed for "the other" Mull - the island that is. The F4-5 easterly took us a little by surprise too.

    It blew us down Loch Sunart then, after turning left down the Sound of Mull, it was in our faces. All down to the hills I suppose. Still, the fish-supper lunch in Tobermory was excellent. (Is it still a "fish supper" at lunchtime?)

    The conditions were nowhere near what you encountered on "your" Mull, but Gigha looks great and is now on our to-do list.

  2. You're making me jealous now Douglas.......looks breathtaking.

  3. Simon, it seems wind always blows along Scottish lochs, I keep hoping to find a sheltered one! Mind you the Sound of Mull can be a bumpy place when the tide turns against the wind! We missed out on our planned fish suppers on a winter Sunday. The staff in the Co-op didn't bat an eyelid when we walked in in our dry suits to get some bread and stuff for sandwiches.

    John, I know the south coast has a cracking coastline but if you are ever up this way...


  4. As a matter of fact, I often am, my inlaws are based in Glasgow and Aberfoyle. Once the children are a little older I will bring my boat.

    The Boathouse on Gigha looks unmissable

    Thanks for this Douglas


  5. Keep in touch John, we can generally rustle up a spare boat...