Isle of Kerrera Development Trust - About Kerrera

 

Despite its close proximity to the bustling sea town of Oban, Kerrera is a different world. The handful of houses you will see as you walk around the Islands southern route remain largely unaffected in over a century, providing a window into the past which is sadly being lost in many other remote and rural areas.

Kerrera is ultimate escapism in all weathers, and is a wonderful day out for the family. Cars are banned on the Island except the inhabitants own vehicles, as a result you can enjoy a peaceful walk to Gylen castle to the South or to Hutchesons Monument at the very North of the Island, or a hike around the circular 6 mile route cutting across to the other side of the island to enjoy views of Mull and Lismore.

Gylen Castle, once a fortified residence for the MacDougall family, descendants of the Lords of Isles, is a dramatic example of 13th century architecture, with panoramic views of the Firth of Lorne towards Colonsay and, on a clear day, Islay. Restoration work on the castle was recently completed and visitors are now rewarded with access to the first floor of the unique building. For further information on the history of the Island see Kerrera; Mirror of History, by Hope MacDougall through House of Lochar Publishing.

As you leave the ferry, you can head up the hill towards the Western side of the Island. At the first gate you can see the old School which was closed in 1997 and sadly been empty ever since. One of the main aims of the Development Trust is to purchase the old building in order to convert it to a much needed community hall. The building was once a Church and is an important part of the Islands Heritage; many of the inhabitants had their primary education there. We are hopeful to see it returned to us in the near future.

Visitors who take on the hike to the North are advised to wear suitable footwear for rough and boggy ground. Although a rough route exists, it is not maintained as it is not an official road but a gradually worn farm track. The Islanders hope to gather the funds together to build a road connecting the North end with the South in the future.

While the main track is maintained by Argyll and Bute Council, visitors are advised to wear adequate footwear and, as with anywhere in Scotland, check the whether forecast! Please leave gates as you find them and keep dogs on leads at all times, even good ones!

Feral Goats can be seen all over the Island, though most are in the South. There is a rich variety of birds to be spotted around your route, from the common robin to sea birds like the Oyster Catchers. The Golden Eagles are sometimes spotted on their visits from nearby Mull, and even the white tailed Sea Eagle.

 

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