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Picture of a group of walkers climbing up a hill After the exertions of the previous day my parents were due a break and stayed in the cottage at Kilchoman. I went on another walk, this time one of the Walkaboutabitmore walks organised by the Islay Community Access Group.

10 walkers met at Storakaig Gate at 11:00 for a walk to the Sound of Islay through Glen Logan. Most of the participants were local people I had met at previous WalkIslay walking weeks, but there was also a couple on holiday like me. Not to forget a number of dogs.

The weather looking promising, while there was a blustery wind it was dry and the sun was breaking through. After the introductions we soon were on our way.
Picture of a small herd of deer on a wide open plain Picture of a hill surrounded by clouds
Picture of a dog running through high grass The dogs were in their element, after being let of the leash running away up and down the wide plateau between Storakaig, Sleivemore and Goirtean an Uruisge. So much space for them to run and exhaust themselves!

A small herd of deer passed us in the distance, watching our progress. Behind Beinn Dubh one of the Paps of Jura was visible with the clouds swirling around it. Some very nice sunshine developed, allowing some to walk just in t-shirts.

While we had to walk uphill slightly it was very pleasant walking on soft and springy but not too boggy ground. And the closer we got to the crest the closer the promise of a very nice view came.
Picture of walkers crossing a wide plateau Picture of walkers going over a crest with a sound between two islands coming into view

Once we passed the top of the plateau the view opened up even further, expanding to the Sound of Islay, the Isle of Jura and even parts of the mainland in the distance. For a much better view you might want to try the Quicktime VR panorama of the view over Glen Logan and the Sound of Islay from just above Goirtean an Uruisge:

Picture of a panoramic view over a wide glen with a sound between two islands at the end
Picture of a group of walkers descending a hillside towards the ruins of an old building This part of the walk was probably the nicest: The sun had really come through and the views were fantastic. Lots of green around us and while there were still a lot of clouds we also had large openings with blue sky.

Starting the descent to the Sound of Islay we dropped down to the ruins at Goirtean an Uruisge. I don't know when it was abandoned, but despite the nice view it must have been a quite hard life here. You can still see some remains of past cultivation of the area, several stretches look like they once were lazybeds.

We took a break next to the ruins, enjoying the views and the sunshine, before continuing down Glen Logan.
Picture of the ruins of an old farmsteading in a hilly landscape Picture of a view down a glen towards a sound between two islands
Picture of a young dog sitting in high grassPicture of a view up a glenRefreshed we walked down to Coire Sgiathach, crossing the burn and then following the glen along Abhainn Gleann Logan. The bracken was quite high in this area, sometimes making us think we had lost one of the dogs when they disappeared in the undergrowth.

Arriving at the bottom of the glen we descended steeply to the shore of the Sound of Islay. There were nice views along the sound, with the Paps of Jura nicely visible. But it didn't last long: Dark clouds with heavy rain moved in, these pictures were the last I took on the day.

We continued to An Cladach, where we had our lunch in the shelter of the bothy. The return leg took us across the flanks of Beinn Bhreac and back through the upper parts of Glen Logan. It cleared up again later, but I didn't take any further pictures as the views were the same as on the way out. There was a brief scare when the dogs found an adder and started to chase it, luckily the adder preferred to disappear into a hole instead of attacking them. Around 16:00 hrs we arrived back at the cars at Storakaig gate after a very nice walk.
Picture of a view along a sound between two islands, Islay and Jura Picture of a group of walkers scrambling over some rocks along the sea
If you are interested in more information about Islay, Colonsay and Jura you might also be interested in my Isle of Islay pages. There you will find many more pictures and further information about Islay, Jura and Colonsay.

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