The Dun Explorer

This hike is an opportunity to combine Islay’s nature with some history, a little archaeology, and, when the weather is right, some of the most stunning scenery, anywhere… period !!

Event Details

The Highlights

Spectacular views of the coastline and unique mosaic of habitats that make this part of the island so special.

Journey back 2,000 years and a chance to explore the ruins of Iron age hill forts or “duns”.

Imagine life in a 19th century township on Islay.

Fantastic opportunities to study moorland flora and fauna. Learn about this fragile, environmentally important landscape and the management of the peatland and moorland habitat.

Spot deer and birds of prey in their element.

The Wildlife

Possible encounters, depending on season, include red deer, fallow deer, marsh fritillary and birds of prey including golden eagle, white-tailed eagle, hen harrier, peregrine falcon, and merlin. We are also likely to encounter some moorland insect species like dragonflies and damselflies, hovering over the many little pools, and green hairstreak butterflies flitting on the breeze.

What you need to know

This hike requires a good level of fitness, in places the ground is uneven and wet underfoot.

Wear appropriate footwear, preferably waterproof hiking boots or sturdy comfortable wellington boots. Waterproof clothing, sunscreen and midge repellent are advised. It is Scotland after all!

Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of water.

Quality optical equipment is available to make those wildlife encounters even more special. Please feel free to bring your own and any camera equipment you’d like to use.

There are a maximum of 7 spaces available on this tour.

Minimum age 12 years.

Booking essential.