The isle of Gigha is one of the few community-owned islands in Scotland. Since the community buyout in 2002, the island has gone from strength to strength with a growing population that is developing the island’s economy.
My family and I had a wonderful walk around Achamore Gardens on Gigha, that lasted about 2 hours. We visited in May, when the gardens are at their finest.
We drove to each end of the island and had a good walk around. There are some excellent beaches on Gigha and it is quite flat (ideal for cycling). After our walk, we went for a snack at the Gigha Hotel, who were very welcoming and then we went to the main shop, where I bought a Gigha Tea-Towel – with a map of the island on (which I still use)!
Gigha is a great island to visit – especially for walkers and cyclists, as the island is relatively flat. For more information on the Isle of Gigha read my blog post, ‘God’s isle – Welcome to the isle of Gigha’.
How do I get to Gigha? There is a Caledonian Macbrayne Car Ferry to Ardminish on the isle of Gigha, from Tayinloan on the mainland. This is on the western side of the Kintyre peninsula.
How do I get around Gigha? Apart from the obvious cars and on foot, cycles are available for hire by the day or hour from the local Post Office, which doubles up as a Guest House. There are also sea tours available around the island with Gigha Sea Tours.
What’s worth visiting on Gigha? Achamore Gardens, which were created by the islands owner, Sir James Horlicks are justifiably famous. There are over 50 acres of rare and unusual plants here. Also worth a visit is St Catan’s Chapel with it’s carved Medieval Gravestones. Gigha Sea Tours offer tours around the isle of Gigha and neighbouring Cava, Craro and Gigalum as well as further afield.
Where can I stay on Gigha? The island is now owned through a development trust called the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust, which includes the islands only Hotel, the Gigha Hotel. There is self catering available at the Ferryman’s House and Ardailly House. Bed and Breakfast is available at Achamore House and at Tighnavinish in Ardminish. Camping is available near the Ferry Slipway.
Any other information on Gigha? in 2006, the island’s Shopkeeper ferried the Queen in his People Carrier, to Achamore Gardens, as there is no taxi service available on Gigha. The Queen was on a cruise around the Western Isles of Scotland.