Explore Gigha

Explore Gigha by foot or bike!

Please note that the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust is in the process of upgrading walking and cycle routes across the island. Therefore, please note there may be construction works taking place and limited access in some locations. Updated information and maps will be prepared as an outcome of this work. The project is expected to be completed by Summer 2022.

Beautiful views in every direction, safe beaches, marine sightings, a great variety of birds and wildflowers, heritage assets dating back 5000 years – the Isle of Gigha has so much to explore!

Gigha is 7 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. The single track main road runs north/south with farm tracks leading east and west. The coast measures about 30 miles due to the indented nature of the shoreline with its rocky coves and silver-sanded beaches. The island habitat is rich and varied, and there are many sites of historical interest.

As Gigha is just a 20-minute ferry journey off the west coast of the Kintyre peninsula, you can easily come for the day by foot or bike, although we think you’d want to stay longer.

The terrain of the island is varied, from mixed woodland, pasture land, sandy beaches, rocky shores, bracken and bramble-covered hillsides to rocky heather-clad hilltops. Whatever the weather, strong shoes or walking boots are recommended.

On a clear day you can see the coast of Antrim in Ireland to the south west, the long mountainous shapes of Islay and Jura to the north west, Ben More on Mull far to the north, the hills of Kilberry to the north east, and Goatfell on Arran rising behind the hills of Kintyre to the east.

There are many routes to enjoy on Gigha - from seaside strolls to more strenuous hill scrambles. Whether you are a keen walker, cyclist, or simply like to wander and enjoy nature at a slower pace, come and discover Gigha's landscape.

Throughout the year there are organised walks on the island by the Gigha Coast and Countryside Group

Walking Highlights

  • SPOUTING CAVE - A natural rocky blowhole at the southern point of Gigha
  • EUN EILEAN - A favourite place for basking seals. Safe sandy beach at Leim
  • BODACH & CAILLEACH - Ancient standing stones close to the windmills
  • CUDDYPORT BEACH - Sheltered and safe. Quern stone quarry nearby
  • GALLOCHOILLE - Ancient harbour and Pictish dun. Secluded coves
  • CNOC NA CROISE - Kilchatten church ruin and graveyard including a kilted warrior gravestone
  • RUBH' A CHINN MHOR -Sheltered beach with the signposted path leading from near the front of the Gigha Hotel
  • CREAG BHAN - The highest hill at 100m. View finder cairn. Wildlife at Upper Loch and Old Mill
  • EILEAN GARBH - Sheltered twin beaches at the north west of Gigha
  • CNOC NA GOBHAR & THE FISHERMAN'S CAVE - Inscriptions from the 1700's
  • NORTH CAIRN - Wonderful views

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