Gylen Castle

Gylen Castle

Perched high on old sea stacks at the south end of Kerrera, the magnificent Gylen Castle cuts a slim but imposing figure over the Firth of Lorne.
 
Build in 1582 by the Clan McDougall, the castle barely managed 100 years of occupation before it was besieged and burned down in 1647. This happened during the War of Three Kingdoms and sounds like a real life Game of Thrones episode! 
 
When you approach the castle and it's surroundings you cannot help but try and imagine how it was built and what life was like there during its time as an active home and hub.
 
In 2006, Historic Scotland and members of the Clan McDougall funded a partial restoration so that you can now enter the castle and let your mind conjure up even more images of what that time must have been like for those who lived and worked in the iconic building.
 
It's now home to breeding Ravens and some visiting sheep and goats and affords breathtaking views over the many islands dotting the horizon. No visit to Kerrera should skip this amazing landmark.

Eat & Drink

Eat & Drink

Kerrera Tea Garden

Kerrera Tea Garden serves lunch 7 days a week from Easter til September. With a nod to the traditional and the hearty, expect soups from around the world, Scottish stews, home made scones and cakes as well as hot and cold drinks. 

Ardentive Farm

Ardentrive Farm, at the north end by the marina, are opening a farm shop and small gallery this summer. They will be selling their Isle of Kerrera beef, lamb and pork, eggs, fruit and veg, (when available) and other island produce too!

Waypoint Bar & Grill 

If you’re having a day out in Oban, staying in accommodation on the south of Kerrera or just having a leisurely stroll on the island why not include the north end of the Isle of Kerrera in your itinerary.

A foot passenger ferry is available from the North Pier. The ferry timetable is available online and you can book your space too – please visit https://www.obanmarina.com/ferry for more information. Alternatively you can call 01631 565 333 for further information or assistance.

We would love to welcome you at The Waypoint Bar and Grill. During the summer season the Waypoint Bar & Grill offers a unique dining experience with a superb menu and spectacular sunset views over the marina and Oban.

New for the summer season of 2018 the Waypoint will also be serving lunch between Noon and 2.30pm from 8th June through to mid August. Also to delight your taste bids our chef is working on a Pre order Fish menu.

We can also cater for parties of up to 46 patrons should you wish to celebrate a special occasion and truly make it memorable.

To avoid disappointment we strongly recommend making a reservation by calling 01631 565 888.

Wildlife

Wildlife

Kerrera has an abundance of incredible wildlife dotted all over the island and in the rich surrounding waters.

Apart from the many hundred farmed sheep and dozens of cows, we have some large wild mammals as well. You’ll spot herds of wild goats all over the south part of the island and we have a small group of sika deer who roam the small forest on the southeastern corner.

If you’re lucky you can spot one of the stars of the Scottish wildlife show, the humble otter, at various spots on Kerrera. There’s been regular sightings close to the ferry slipway and they can be seen feeding oftentimes in Castle Bay. Otters need to clean their coats regularly in fresh water so the many streams leading to the sea on Kerrera provide a nice bath for them.

More elusive but still fairly plentiful are the weasel, the mink and the fox, who are generally the scourge of the chicken keeper. Seeing an easy meal in our egg providing friends, they have been known to kill a whole flock in one sitting.

You can regularly spot large groups of harbour and grey seals lounging on Cutter Rock. If your walking the south circuit, just off the coast at the forest you’ll see some rocky islands with a white lighthouse. The grey blobs seen from the road are seals but you can get closer or use binoculars for a better look.

If you’re very lucky in a ‘right place, right time’ sort of way, you can see dolphin pods off the coast as well as whales and basking sharks. This group are best explored by using one of the many excellent boat tours out of Oban.

Kerrera is also blessed with a huge variety of resident and visiting birds. From the largest bird of prey in Europe, the white tip sea eagle and the equally impressive golden eagle doing sorties from their nesting grounds on Mull to the tiny house sparrows and robins that live and forage here all year round.

Greylag and canada geese are regular visiting breeders along with cuckoos and swallows, and there are a plethora of buzzards as well as hen harriers and kestrels. Herons prowl the shores all year round and we have plenty of noisy oyster catchers that nest all around the shoreline.

Hiking & Walking Routes

Hiking & Walking Routes

Central and Southern Circuit

Kerrera has a delightful ready made 10km circuit that starts and finishes at the main ferry port in the middle of the island.

If you head south on the circular walk you'll take in the Sound of Kerrera and then drop down with stunning views out towards Mull, Colonsay and the Garvellachs. The excellent Kerrera Tea Garden is approx 3.5km from the ferry serving home cooked goodies to fuel your wander. The magnificent Gylen Castle is a few minutes walk, again with some fantastic highland island views including Scarba, Luing, Seil, Jura and Islay.

Heading on round the southern tip of Kerrera past Ardmore yet more incredible vistas await you with a peek up Loch Spelvie and Mull's magical mountains. These blend with the hills of Morven and are detailed by the long slip of Lismore. Beyond lie stacks of Highland Munroes as far as the eye can see.

Cutting back inland you are afforded an amazing look up to the twin peaks at Cruachan, before you descent down to the ferry port.

This walk can be done in either direction although some believe that heading anti-clockwise ensures the hills are in your favour but be aware, there are a few of them. Decent footwear is recommended.

It's worth noting that Kerrera is pretty much a huge sheep and cattle farm. With that in mind we politely request that you leave gates as you find them and keep dogs on a lead.

North End Adventure

You can reach the North end of Kerrera and the lovely Waypoint Bar and Grill by ferry from central Oban. From there you can walk south following the Sound of Kerrera Coast or cut inland and loop round the East coast past shell bay. Both are much more off road and without a track in parts but again reward you with some amazing views and up close wildlife.

Geology

Geology

Kerrera has some excellent exposure for Geologists and is a hot spot for visiting students who map the island each summer. We're working on an informative and interesting overview of the rocks of Kerrera and hope to get it live soon!

Get In Touch

Please use the email address below to contact the Isle of Kerrera Development Trust. For all other contact details please see the Directory page.