Eilean a’ Chùirn and a distant Islay ferry MV Finlaggan

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Picture of a view from a coastal hill to a small island with a lighthouse, a ferry in the distanceA view out from the summit of Fairy Hill (Cnoc Rhaonastil, 109m). Eilean a’ Chùirn with its small lighthouse on the right. The Islay ferry MV Finlaggan on her way to Kennacraig in the distance on the left. On the horizon the Isle of Gigha with Kintyre behind.

Loch Lomond from the A817 (Detour to Islay)

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Picture of a view from a hill over a large loch (lake) with islandsAn early view from the A817 detour on the way to Islay (see also the view of the Arrochar Alps from the A817), looking back over Loch Lomond. It’s a fairly steep climb from the A82, but well worth it for the views.

Arrochar Alps from the A817 (Detour to Islay)

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Picture of a mountain range seen from a road passWhen driving to Islay most people probably take the A82/A83 route from Glasgow. If you have a bit of spare time and the weather is nice I now recommend to take a detour via the A817 Haul Road (and A814) between Loch Lomond and Gare Loch / Loch Long. The views are fantastic, especially on the western part of the A817. The Arrochar Alps and other mountains line the horizon, a great view.

I had known about this route for many years, but for various reasons (in particular weather and time) had never got around to drive it. In June 2018 I had both the time as well as some decent weather, so I decided to go for it. Well worth it.