seven islands in seven days

explore seven islands in seven days from the comfort of ronachan house – the ultimate scottish island hopping adventure holiday

forget the caribbean, The Kintyre Peninsula is the perfect base for taking in seven islands in seven days

get ready for an island hopping holiday from scotland’s “mainland island” the kintyre peninsula: the perfect place for exploring seven islands in seven days

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 a holiday taking in seven Scottish islands in seven days. 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. Explore our example itinerary showing how you can take in seven Scottish islands in one seven day holiday at Ronachan House.

seven islands in seven days without changing accommodation

unpack your bags and settle in to ronachan house from where you can visit seven islands on one week long 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 endevour 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 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” which more than earns its status as our 7th Scottish island for exploration.

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

scotland’s “mainland island”

although not strictly an island, kintyre is connected to mainland scotland by the narrowest strip of land earning it the name scotland’s “mainland island”

The history behind Kintyre’s unique designation as Scotland’s “Mainland Island’ traces back to the 11th century and the ambitions of Norwegian King Magnus Barefoot. Seeking to expand his territorial reach to encompass the western isles, a treaty was struck between the Vikings and the Scots which granted Magnus authority only over lands that could be copletely circumnavigated by ship. Legend tells that having arrived at Kintyre’s shores in 1093, Magnus tried validate his claim to this part of the mainland by embarking on a daring feat. Commanding his longboat, Magnus led his followers in an audacious journey which included dragging their vessel across the narrow isthmus connecting West and East Loch Tarbert and thereby completing circumnavigating the terrain by ship.

This bold display of determination saw Kintyre briefly become part of Norway until the shifting tides of history returned it to Scottish sovereignty in 1266.

seven islands in seven days: an example itinerary

Day one

On day one of your seven islands in seven days Scottish adventure, you will arrive at the Kintyre Peninsula, scotland’s mainland island

 

 

Arrive in the Kintyre Peninsula via its welcoming fishing village of Tarbert. Tarbert is the last stop on your journey whether arriving by car or ferry and is therefore the perfect place to pick up the essentials for your self catering stay at Ronachan House. Make the most of it with a walk up to the ruins of Tarbert Castle and enjoy an early dinner in one of the seafood restaurants with an advance booking. Although Kintyre isn’t strictly speaking an island, it is joined to the mainland by a tiny mile-wide strip of land from Tarbert to West Tarbert which is why Kintyre is known as the “mainland island”.

Day Two

wake up to the island views of from ronachan house before going to explore the unique tidal island of davaar in southern kintyre

 

 

After a restful night’s sleep in our luxurious bedrooms, take the morning easy with a slow breakfast made from our welcome hamper of local produce. Then why not walk through the grounds of Ronachan House climbing Ronachain Dunn, the hillside walk at the back of the house that rises to an elevated viewpoint across to the islands you will be visiting. Travel down the peninsula to Campbeltown and walk across the long causeway that links Davaar Island to the mainland at low tides. Explore a number of sea caves including one with a famous crucifixion painting, and then walk up to the lighthouse on the northern side.

Day three

On Wednesday and Saturday the ferry to the beautiful Colonsay operates so take the chance to visit this unexplored gem

 

 

Travel to Kennacraig, a short 10 minute drive north of Ronachan House and hop on the mid-morning ferry to Colonsay via Islay (check the current seasonal Calmac ferry time for this route here). You can enjoy a hot brunch on board to ensure your tummy is full before exploring your destination. You will arrive in Colonsay early afternoon and will have around 6 hours to explore this remote wonderland. Plenty of time to enjoy the sweeping sandy beaches such as Kiloran Bay, or to partake in some MacPhie Bagging. And don’t forget to buy some locally grown produce such as the distinctive Colonsay Honey.

Day four

the isle of gigha is a perfect day trip from ronachan house, you can cycle round the island in one day and there is so much to see and do

 

 

The Isle of Gigha is one of most sparsley populated islands of Scotland by landmass and is owned by its community who will give you the biggest Scottish welcome to their beautiful isle. 10 minutes south of Ronachan House is the Tayinloan ferry port where you can catch the Calmac ferry over to Gigha. Gigha is captivating – small in size but crammed full of possibility. Whatever the time of year you can immerse yourself in the colours of Achamore Gardens as well as seeing a plentiful variety of wildlife and birdlife. You can leave your car on the mainland and explore the island at leisure by foot or bike.

Day five

on day 5 of of your seven islands in seven days kintyre adventure head over to islay to enjoy the southern hebrides largest island

 

 

It’s time to drive to Kennacraig again and this time when you hop on the ferry to Islay you will be getting off the other side and exploring the island, the largest of the Southern Hebrides. Islay is famous for its many distilleries offering both whisky and gin experiences and well worth visiting and sampling while there. But Islay is also famous for its nature and wildlife so why not consider a sea exploration with Islay Sea Adventures, or enjoy some of the waling and cycling routes to catch a glimpse of its deer in their natural habitat. Islay is the full to the brim with possibilities, things to see, do and enjoy.

Day six

on day 6 of of your seven islands in seven days kintyre adventure explore some more of the kintyre peninsula, scotlands mainland island

 

 

You can’t have an island hopping holiday based from the Kintyre Peninsula, Scotland’s mainland island, without exploring Kintyre itself. You may have visited Tarbert, Campbeltown and Davaar island, however this peninsula has so much more to offer. On the west coast visit the sweeping sandy Westport Beach for some surfing, on the east coast visit Skipness Castle and the delicious seafood shack on its doorstep. Or take the stunning scenic drive down the the Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse, not forgetting to stop in to The Muneroy tearooms on the way for an extravagant slice of cake and home made soup.

Day seven

day seven, the last full day in our scenic adventure wonderland, take a trip to arran from kintyre’s east coast for a bustling day out

 

 

Less than 20 minutes’ drive from Ronachan House is Claonaig ferry port, on the east side of the peninsula, from where you can catch the ferry to Arran (although in the winter months this service runs from Tarbert). Arran is a thriving and bustling island nestled between Kintyre and mainland Scotland with some famous brands coming from its exciting shores such as Arran Sense of Scotland and Arran Dairies. In fact Arran is the foodie island of Scotland with not only lots to see and do but lots of things to taste too. And with a super quick ferry crossing from Claonaig you can have extra time to enjoy the island and its produce.

explore availability for your seven islands in seven days scottish holiday at ronachan house on the kintyre peninsula

if seven islands in seven days sounds like a lot, then let ronachan house be your relaxing home from home to recuperate at

the beauty of basing your seven islands in seven days holiday adventure at ronachan house is that even on the days that you want to relax instead, you can!

Ronachan House welcomes you in an enveloping hug of warmth and cosiness so we wouldn’t blame you if those seven islands in seven days plans changed somewhat on arriving here. The wonder of Ronachan is that your holiday group can do as much or as little as you like without there being any requirement to change property and move accommodation. So if you decide that six islands in seven days, or five islands in seven days feels like a better idea, Ronachan is the place for you.

Our spectacular property has been renovated to a beautiful standard and offers all of the luxuries you would expect and more. From the welcome hampers to bath robes, hand made furniture to crisp white linens, every aspect of Ronachan House is designed to make you not want to leave. With a beach on the doorstep, The Kintyre Way walking route running through its grounds, its very own hill climb from which you can soak up the views, Ronachan House is the perfect getaway. Accommodating travelling groups from as few as 1 person up to 34, explore our hire options today.

A luxurious modern scottish bedroom at Ronachan House with thistle patterned fabrics and scottish paintings on the neutral painted wall

the main house

The Main House at Ronachan House is a 9 bedroom 3 story property that encompasses the entire front elevation of the building. It sleeps 18 people with space to add up to 4 additional inflatable beds or travel cots for young children and infants.

master suite at the coach house at ronachan featuring a superking bed and beautiful handcrafted wooden furniture

THE COACH HOUSE

The Coach House at Ronachan House is a 3 bedroom 2 story town house sleeping 6 guests as standard with capacity for up to 2 additional children and babies aged 8 and under using inflatable beds and travel cots.

a family walks along the white sandy beach at ronachan bay with the self catering holiday property of ronachan house behind them

THE LOOKOUT

The Lookout at Ronachan House is a romantic 1 bedroom apartment sleeping 2 adults and up to two more adults or children in a sofa bed facility in the living room. We can also provide one travel cot for an infant.

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.