Apr
13

Kerrera - A West Highland Island Paradise (38714)

Event Overview

Friday 13th - Monday 16th April

Isle of Kerrera

We're heading literally 500m offshore for a weekend on probably the smallest island we've ever spent a night on!  Kerrera might be a very short hop from the mainland, but it's an amazing escape from everyday life, with two whole days to bimble about and explore every corner of what is just 7km long and 2km wide.

But there's enough island to fill our two days, with Gylen Castle on our doorstep, a coastline that is filled with little bays and a landscape that is anything but flat with the highest point of the island rising to 189m.

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Friday 13th - Monday 16th April

Isle of Kerrera

We're heading literally 500m offshore for a weekend on probably the smallest island we've ever spent a night on!  Kerrera might be a very short hop from the mainland, but it's an amazing escape from everyday life, with two whole days to bimble about and explore every corner of what is just 7km long and 2km wide.

But there's enough island to fill our two days, with Gylen Castle on our doorstep, a coastline that is filled with little bays and a landscape that is anything but flat with the highest point of the island rising to 189m.

Come explore in the footsteps of Scottish Kings and a painter called Turner.....

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What to bring

The main activity planned for the weekend is to explore the island, good walking boots are a must along with clothing for any weather - we are visiting in mid April so the weather could throw almost anything at us!

Boots:  Hiking boots are arguably the most essential piece of kit when hiking just about anywhere.  Walker’s should make sure that their boots are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support.  Boots should also be in good condition.

Socks: A good comfy pair of walking socks is essential really; they keep your feet warm and drier than normal socks.

Gaiters:  Gaiters attach to the bottom of walking boots and extend to just under the knee.  They provide waterproofing for the bottom half of the leg.  They are not essential to have but you will feel the difference if you have them when walking through muddy or boggy ground - which is almost guaranteed in Scotland.

Walking Trousers:  You should have a suitable pair of trousers for walking in, jeans are not suitable as they take on water when wet and will make you cold.  The same goes for jogging pants/tracksuit clothing. 

Waterproof Trousers:  Waterproof trousers are essential in case of wet weather. They are also good to be worn as a second layer as they can act as a windproof barrier, keeping the legs warm. 

Base Layer: A breathable base layer should be chosen in order to let sweat escape from the body.  This could be a cheaper sports top or you could go top of the range with a merino top, as cotton T-Shirts can become damp and uncomfortable when climbing a mountain.

Other Layers: On top of your base layer, you can have a variety of options such as a micro fleece, a fleece jacket or a rugby/sports top can sometimes be good.  Having one or two additional layers gives you flexibility when the weather is changeable – the more layers, the more flexible you can be in adapting to the weather.

Waterproof Jacket:  A good waterproof jacket is one of the most important pieces of kit you will require when hiking.  Walkers should look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable in order for them to be protected from sweat.  Materials such as Gore-tex are often the best choices but they can be expensive unless you shop sensibly, don’t forget your OutdoorLads discount for Full Members at Cotswold outlets.

Hat: As most heat is lost through the head a good hat is essential. 

Gloves: Gloves are essential in the colder months, windproof or better still waterproof gloves are the best choice.

Rucksack: A good Rucksack that is comfortable to wear is essential, and required to carry both food and equipment.  Day sacks should have a capacity of around 30 litres.  As an option you could store your items in waterproof bags inside just in-case or ensure the bag has a waterproof bag to pull over the top.

Mobile Phone: If you choose to bring your phone, then you are well advised to buy a waterproof bag or if that is not possible a simple food/freezer bag will suffice.

Food & Drink

Friday evening - please bring an item for the buffet. Be imaginative, as it is a small group six pasta salads won't be very entertaining!

Saturday & Sunday breakfast and dinner is included in the event price, along with Monday breakfast.

Please bring your own lunches.

Tea & Coffee at the bunkhouse is included in the event price.

Meeting & Times

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What's going to happen

We have two full days exploring the island, as it's not that big we will have a good chance of seeing the whole island!

Getting to Kerrera

Please be aware the last ferry to Kerrera departs the mainland at 18:00!

Public Transport :

The ferry terminal for Kerrera is located 2 miles south of Oban on Gallanach Road, and the ferry runs every 30 minutes from mid morning through to 6pm. The return fare is £4.50

Oban now receives seven train services a day from Glasgow Queen Street, however the latest suitable service is the 12:21 departure which arrives into Oban at 15:28. From Oban you can catch the 417 bus that departs from Station Square at 15:50 and due at the ferry terminal at 16:01, or you could ask for a lift from another attendee.

By Road :

From Glasgow - 

Head west out of the city on the M8, turning off at junction 30 'Erskine Bridge'.  As you cross the bridge keep in the left lane and join the A82 for Crianlarich.  Drive north on the A82, bypassing Crianlarich and now following the signage for 'Fort William', four miles after leaving Crianlarich you reach Tyndrum.  At the far end of Tyndrum turn left onto the Oban road and follow the A85 for 35 miles.  In Oban, once you reach the bottom of the hill turn left following the one way system through the town to the roundabout at Argyll Square, taking the second exit signed 'Gallanach' and follow the road for 2 miles where you will find the parking for the Island.

From Edinburgh & Stirling -

Head west out of the city on the M8, turning north onto the M9 and drive forward to junction 10 signed 'Callander, Crianlarich'.  At the roundabout take the second exit signed 'Callander A84' and follow the road through Callander to Lochearnhead where it becomes the A85, continuing on the road until you reach Crianlarich where you turn right onto the A82 to Tyndrum.  Follow the directions as from Glasgow from here.

Facilities on the Island

There are no facilities on the island, other than the neighbouring Tea Garden which does tea, coffee, cakes and soups; and is open 10:30 to 16:30 each day.

Oban has a Tesco superstore and Lidl just off Soroba Road in the town.


Event Reference No:
38714