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Walking on Jura, Islay and Colonsay (British Mountains)

Walking on Jura, Islay and Colonsay (British Mountains) [Kindle Edition]

Peter Edwards
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A guide to the best walking on Scotland's remote Southern Hebrides - Jura, Islay, Colonsay and Oronsay - featuring one classic 5-day wilderness trek along the west coast of Jura and 11 day walks across the islands, include a round of the iconic Paps of Jura, from bases such as Port Askaig, Port Ellen and Scalasaig. Jura, Islay and Colonsay offer some of wildest scenery in the British Isles - but the terrain is tough and almost entirely pathless. This new guide opens up the area to the experienced walker, describing many previously unpublished routes. The west coast of Jura boasts outstanding geological features, stunning beaches and abundant wildlife. Islay is lower-lying and more developed but also has many kilometres of scenic coastline and is particularly famous for its birdlife, its historical sites and, of course, its distilleries. And Colonsay is a gem with a tranquil character all its own, echoing much of the natural splendour of its neighbours. As well as detailed descriptions of 12 walks across the three islands, this book is packed with information about their natural and cultural histories, and illustrated with OS maps and colour photographs.

About the Author

Peter Edwards grew up in Sussex and nurtured a love of walking amid the hills of the South Downs. He has undertaken numerous walking and cycling expeditions in Europe and beyond and is drawn to wild and remote landscapes in particular. He moved to Glasgow in 2006.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6165 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press; 1 edition (2 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #272,945 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best for backpackers 21 Jan 2011
By Geejay
This guide is more suitable for backpackers than day walkers looking for circular routes - unfortunately the blurb doesn't make this clear.

The guide follows the usual Cicerone format, lots of information on the area, its history, geology, flora and fauna, transport connections, accommodation and where to eat.

The routes are well described, but to my mind, there is a fundamental flaw. Most of the routes are linear, and although some help is given on how to get to the start of a route, there is very little advice on how to get back from the end of the walk, other than retracing your steps. Public transport isn't always suitable, so you would have either to leave a bike at the destination or take two cars. For a backpacker it wouldn't be a problem, because camping is a good option, and many of the walks can be linked up, but for ordinary pedestrians looking to return to their starting point the routes are not ideal.

Another problem with Cicerone guides is the maps. I like to see a walking route in the context of the area. The OS 50K extracts don't give a clear picture of the whole route. A different scale would be much better.

A further criticism is the lack of an index, which seems to be common to Cicerone, an astonishing omission in this age.

Overall, it will suit a particular kind of walker, but it wont suit the walker who wants to start and return to the same point.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential guide 7 Jun 2010
Anyone leaving Jura's only road on foot, and trying to negotiate its rugged and inhospitable terrain, soon discovers not only the island's pristine beauty but also how easy it can be, especially in misty weather, to get lost or to get bogged down - literally. Peter Edwards' fine new book is an essential guide for determined walkers who wish to find their way to Jura's wildest shores and summits with the minimum of difficulty.
The author also guides us around neighbouring Islay and Colonsay in a pocket-sized book packed with useful map sections, fine photographs and an abundance of information about the islands' histories, geology, flora and fauna.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A walk on the wild side 7 Jun 2010
Having lived on Islay for a time and spent many happy days exploring it and the neighbouring islands of Jura and Colonsay, I was excited to read this book and thought it to be an excellent guide to all three islands. If you want to get off the beaten track and explore the many hidden gems that exist in the wilder parts of the Southern Hebrides, then this is the book for you. Above all, this books provides a comprehensive guide to walking the west coast of Jura, which is one the wildest and most beautiful stretches of coastline on the British Isles. There are no paths, but with its detailed route descriptions and maps, this book will guide you safely along what is a very spectacular route. I wish I'd had it with me the first time I went exploring on Jura and got (slightly) lost in the bog!
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4.0 out of 5 stars serious walking 14 Jan 2013
By Lorna
Wonderful book. Good maps and information. Bought for walking on Islay and Jura and I would point out that this is for the serious walker and climber containing all day / several day walks.
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