A tiny island with beautiful gardens, craft shops and the home of Gigha smoked halibut.
Gigha is surprisingly mild, which is why the Achamore Gardens flourish: 54 acres of woodland filled with rare and beautiful plants. Gigha's secluded sandy bays and quiet roads are perfect for exploring on foot or by bike. You can hire bikes and kayaks from the island shop, and the island has great spots for golf and fishing. Don't miss the taste of the island: Gigha smoked halibut, normally seen on the menus of top restaurants.
The Gigha ferry departs from Tayinloan on the west coast of the Kintyre peninsula. The journey takes 20 minutes. No advance booking is necessary on these sailings. Simply turn up at the port of departure and go on the next available sailing.
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If you're travelling from Edinburgh or the south, most routes will take you through Glasgow.
Tayinloan is roughly 120 miles from Glasgow. You can drive round on the mainland, or you can see more of the islands by hopping across to Bute or Arran and getting the ferries towards Kintyre from there.
In the summer, you can get a ferry from Ardrossan to Campbeltown, and drive north.
The drive from Glasgow to Tayinloan takes roughly 2 hours 50 minutes.
Tayinloan Port: PA29 6XG
Gigha is a small island, only seven miles long by a mile and a half wide, making it ideal for exploring on foot. Gigha is green and fertile with some of the most beautiful beaches of the area. You will also find prehistoric standing stones and stunning views over the water to Islay and Jura or back towards the mainland Kintyre. The world-famous Achamore Gardens are well worth a gentle stroll around the 50 acres of woodlands, ponds, walled garden and rare and interesting plants and trees. For more information about what to see on the Isle of Gigha visit Explore Argyll .
Due to its small size and relatively flat landscape Gigha is perfect for cyclists looking for a fun day out. There are some small hills to add challenge, spectacular changing landscapes and stunning views out across the water to the mainland and neighbouring islands. Bike hire is available on the island for those who prefer to travel light, check out Explore Argyll for further details.
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