island hopping holidays in scotland

from ronachan house you can experience the very best of island hopping holidays in scotland 

The Kintyre Peninsula is the perfect base for an island hopping holiday in scotland

get ready for an island hopping holiday from scotland’s “mainland island” the kintyre peninsula

Welcome to Ronachan House, a hidden gem nestled on the picturesque west coast of the Kintyre Peninsula. This relatively unexplored region of west Scotland is the ideal base for your Scottish island hopping adventure. Dubbed “the mainland island,” Kintyre boasts a truly unique geography. This long, secluded peninsula is connected to the rest of Scotland by a narrow strip of land just a mile across. Despite being accessible by road, Kintyre exudes an unmistakable island vibe, with more ferry ports than any other stretch of land in the UK. Choosing Kintyre as your base sets the stage for an unforgettable island hopping experience. Though not technically an island itself, its island-style charm and accessibility make it the perfect gateway to Scotland’s enchanting southern Hebridean islands.

island hopping holidays in scotland without changing accommodation

unpack your bags and settle in to ronachan house from where you can visit multiple scottish islands on one island-hopping adventure

One of the limiting features of an island hopping holiday in Scotland is the need to find a series of accommodation solutions in different locations. Not only can this be a costly endeavour but logistically it’s not terribly easy. So why not forget living out of a suitcase for your holiday and instead settle in to permanent residence from where you can do all of the island hopping you desire. Ronachan House is perfectly nestled between multiple ferry ports which are a mere stone’s throw from our front door. Take in up to 6 islands in one Scottish island hopping holiday, plus the added bonus of being based from Kintyre, Scotland’s “mainland island”.

islay

The largest of the southern hebrides islay is a scottish distillery capital. From its sandy dunes to diverse landscapes to hill climbs, islay has it all

Jura

one of scotland’s least denseley populated islands, jura is a haven for wildlife such as deer and golden eagles. its famous paps are a magical climb

Gigha

the community owned isle of gigha may be small in size but it is a marvel, its turquoise waters and unique subclimate make it feel like a caribbean retreat

Arran

Nestled between kintyre and mainland scotland, arran is an exciting island adventure off of the east of kintyre and is packed with things to do, see and enjoy

Colonsay

 colonsay is a special island that splits to create a sister isle, oronsay, at low tide. visit for its spectacular sandy beaches, walks and cycling routes

Davaar

imagine visiting a scottish island that you can only access when the tide is out low enough to let you walk across the waters to reach it…you can with davaar island

explore availability for your scottish island hopping holiday at ronachan house on the kintyre peninsula

an unexplored region for island hopping holidays in scotland

off of the trodden tourist path are scottish islands waiting to be discovered and a new holiday house perfect for hosting you

Search online for an island hopping holiday in Scotland and all of the results will showcase island holiday options starting from Oban, a well-travelled tourist route. However, for those wanting to explore the unexplored and get off of the beaten path, the Kintyre Peninsula is an island hopping haven waiting to be discovered. Its spectacular geography means that you can see multiple islands from its shores, and Ronachan House sitting right on its own beach is the ideal home from home from which to start your island hopping adventures.

if you think you’ve done island hopping holidays in scotland before, think again

The islands you can explore from Kintyre are diverse and exciting, although you may not have heard of all of them. This is because some can only be accessed from Kintyre, itself an untrodden paradise. On the east side of Kintyre is Arran, a large island that you can see from mainland Scotland too. On the west side is a smattering of islands, each unique and special in its own way. Islay is the largest, then there’s Jura and Gigha, all visible from Ronachan House’s rooms which are aptly named after the islands they view. Colonsay nestles behind them, and on the southern end of Kintyre is a unique little island called Davaar.

Uniquely positioned for island hopping holidays in Scotland, Ronachan House is the perfect place from which to base yourself and take in all that the Southern Hebrides have to offer. No need to worry about finding multiple places to stay or living out of a suitcase when you can do it all from one luxury and welcoming holiday home in Kintyre, Scotland’s “mainland island”.

 

if you think you’ve done island hopping holidays in scotland before, think again

The islands you can explore from Kintyre are diverse and exciting, although you may not have heard of all of them. This is because some can only be accessed from Kintyre, itself an untrodden paradise. On the east side of Kintyre is Arran, a large island that you can see from mainland Scotland too. On the west side is a smattering of islands, each unique and special in its own way. Islay is the largest, then there’s Jura and Gigha, all visible from Ronachan House’s rooms which are aptly named after the islands they view. Colonsay nestles behind them, and on the southern end of Kintyre is a unique little island called Davaar.

Uniquely positioned for island hopping holidays in Scotland, Ronachan House is the perfect place from which to base yourself and take in all that the Southern Hebrides have to offer. No need to worry about finding multiple places to stay or living out of a suitcase when you can do it all from one luxury and welcoming holiday home in Kintyre, Scotland’s “mainland island”.

 

your scottish island hopping adventure is a hop skip and a ferry away

Ronachan House is nestled onto the west coast of the Kintyre Peninsula in between multiple ferry ports to the Scottish islands.

The ferry to Islay is taken from Kennacraig which is 10 minutes drive north of Ronachan House towards Tarbert in a straight line along the main A83 road. Kennacraig is served by Calmac ferries and is where you can also pick up a ferry to the Scottish islands of Jura and Colonsay.

Tayinloan is 10 minutes drive south of Ronachan House and is the ferry port from where you can travel to the Island of Gigha. This ferry is a “turn up and go” ferry so although you can pre-book tickets in advance you may also turn up on your travel date and buy a ticket on board. We would always recommend booking in advance to ensure you are able to travel.

Claonaig is on the east side of Kintyre, 20 minutes drive from Ronachan House, and is a turn up and go ferry port from where you can hop on the Calmac route to the isle of Arran. In the winter months this ferry service runs from Tarbert, 15 minutes drive from Ronachan House, instead of Claonaig.

an example scottish island hopping holiday itinerary

The beauty of organising an island hopping holiday in Scotland based from Ronachan House is that you do not need to worry about organising different accommodation options depending on your travel route. The only thing you need to think about is what beautiful Scottish island you are going to travel to on which day of your stay.

There are countless options when you are not bound by the restrictions of accommodation availability. That’s what makes this island hopping holiday experience so unique and special. The Southern Hebridean isles close to Kintyre are serviced by Calmac ferries and you can find out all about their ferry timetables and service updates on the Calmac website.

There are variations in ferry timetables depending on whether you are travelling in summer or winter months, and do watch out for some seasonal tidal adjustments that are made on specific routes. Some amazing local infrastructure upgrades occurring on some local ferry ports and the ferries themselves may also impact some of the sailing time specificities so be sure to check those out when planning your trip.

We would always recommend to book your ferry tickets in advance. This not only secures your travel space (especially when taking your car over the water) but also means you can sit back and relax and know your Scottish island hopping holiday itinerary is all taken care of.

an example scottish island hopping holiday itinerary

The beauty of organising an island hopping holiday in Scotland based from Ronachan House is that you do not need to worry about organising different accommodation options depending on your travel route. The only thing you need to think about is what beautiful Scottish island you are going to travel to on which day of your stay.

There are countless options when you are not bound by the restrictions of accommodation availability. That’s what makes this island hopping holiday experience so unique and special. The southern hebridean isles close to Kintyre are serviced by Calmac ferries and you can find out all about their ferry timetables and service updates on the Calmac website.

There are variations in ferry timetables depending on whether you are travelling in summer or winter months, and do watch out for some seasonal tidal adjustments that are made on specific routes. Some amazing local infrastructure upgrades occurring on some local ferry ports and the ferries themselves may also impact some of the sailing time specificities so be sure to check those out when planning your trip.

We would always recommend to book your ferry tickets in advance. This not only secures your travel space (especially when taking your car over the water) but also means you can sit back and relax and know your Scottish island hopping holiday itinerary is all taken care of.

Modern Scottish

All the mod cons of a meticulous, contemporary restoration and fit out within the charm of a three-storey Scottish Victorian mansion

Gateway to the Islands

Ronachan offers the perfect base for exploring the Kintyre peninsula, with direct ferries to Islay, Jura, Gigha, Colonsay and Oronsay departing just a couple of miles up the road.

Views and Scenery

Spectacular unbroken sea views across to the islands of Islay, Jura, Gigha and Cara, with incredible sunsets beyond. Framed by painstakingly restored original windows that form part of the unique design of Ronachan House.

Style and Comfort

The perfect blend of cosiness and contentment, with a nod to the Scandi concept of Hygge, Ronachan envelops visitors in a big, heartwarming hug. Ronachan House provides a luxury and stunning backdrop to your holiday or event, respectful of traditional features while bringing in modern styling.

sandy Beach and Sea

Ronachan Bay is a near secluded beach directly accessed from the garden of the house. It offers white sands for you to stroll along, for the children to play on, and as a memorable backdrop to photographs of your event. Ronachan also has a resident colony of friendly seals who give the house its name.

An Accessible Getaway

Ronachan is beautifully positioned halfway between Tarbert and Campbeltown on the stunning Kintyre Peninsula on the Scottish west coast. It is a straight drive from Glasgow past some perfect stop spots such as Loch Lomond and Inverary.