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Islay Welly Walks ‑ CLOSED

Bowmore, United Kingdom
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About Islay Welly Walks
Guided walks of all lengths, for all ages with a local, enthusiastic expert in natural history. Becky has walked the length, breadth and inside of the whole of the beautiful Isle of Islay and will take you anywhere you want to go on the island,with a smile and a laugh, showing you flora and fauna en route, with a spattering of local history and Gaelic too!
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oceanauthor wrote a review Oct 2014
Madison, Wisconsin50 contributions66 helpful votes
Islay Welly Walks were what made my stay in Islay so perfect! Without Becky's knowledge of the trails, the flora, the birds, the habitats -- I couldn't have experienced the beauty of the island. Her knowledge and cheerful guidance truly were a highlight of my week on Islay! I joined her three times in the course of my stay and when I return next year, she'll be the first person I'll call. The Welly Walks are a rare treasure. Take your camera! There is so much to photograph on a Welly Walk!
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Date of experience: July 2014
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J S wrote a review Oct 2014
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My husband and I spent a week on Islay this summer, our first visit to the island. First, we were captivated by the stunning views everywhere we looked. Then, as time went on we felt so blessed, as we had wall to wall sunshine every day we were there. But we travel a lot, and the more we travel, the more we find that above all else, it's the people who you meet who really enhance your experience of a place. On Islay, Becky of Islay Welly Walks was definitely one such person for us. We love to hillwalk, but had Islay Welly Walks not been around, I really doubt we would have undertaken a walk into the unknown by ourselves. Even if we had, we would not have been able to navigate the terrain anywhere near as skillfully, nor would we have learned so much. So we were delighted to have the chance to meet the lovely Becky and to spend a few hours roaming about, discovering old ruins, with Becky guiding and informing us all the way. Becky was great at pointing out the many flowers and insects along the way, patiently pausing for me to take photos. We saw 10 different types of butterflies & moths, 4 different kinds of dragonflies, about 20-odd species of flowers and 8 species of birds... Becky kindly sent me an email shortly after our walk as a reminder of all of their names. My husband and I love the outdoors, but we really don't know our Sedge Warblers from our Willow Warblers! So it was great to have someone decode all that we heard and saw. Becky also kindly shared a photo which she took of us during the walk. What a thoughtful and professional person. Becky is happy to loan out wellies, should you need to borrow some for the walk. That's a nice touch. Above all, we really appreciated Becky's infectious enthusiasm for nature, which makes her wonderful company. We had a great time, and learned so much about both the history and the nature of Islay. What more can I say? We look forward to our next Islay Welly Walk!
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Date of experience: June 2014
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Morningstar2010 wrote a review Oct 2014
Frankfurt24 contributions32 helpful votes
If you have time between the obligatory visits of the various Islay distilleries, Becky's Welly Walks is a great way to get around this beautiful Island and experience the beauty and unique charme of the Queen of the Hebrides. Becky's Walking tours are very well organized and customized to the individual needs of each walker. She really goes out of her way to make everyone happy. Highly recommended for your next Islay trip!
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Date of experience: July 2014
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mairi m wrote a review Oct 2014
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Islay & Jura Youth Action arranged a welly walk with Becky for local children to learn more about the natural wildlife and plants on their own doorstep. No-one was disappointed, including the adult supervisors and there was great excitement to spot as many different butterflies as we could on the meadow. The plants and flowers were identified with a gentle explanation of why they were so important and protected for our wildlife. We spent some time on the shore looking for various creatures and spotted a colony of seals on the beach. Everything we saw was professionally supported with a sheet of pictures and information. This added to the excitement for this young party as they had a real sense of achievement when they spotted everything documented. This is activity doesn't have an age restriction as everyone from young to old thoroughly enjoyed the day and came away with an abundance of knowledge. A great fun day out, which we will happily support for our local children to raise awareness of our beautiful island. Many thanks Becky xx
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Date of experience: July 2014
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IslayAndrew wrote a review Jul 2014
Islay, United Kingdom217 contributions28 helpful votes
My youngest daughter and her friends enjoyed a wonderful morning on the beach for her 6th birthday with Becky as part of Becky's Islay Welly Walks - walk on Machir Bay and sandcastle building competition. Becky's knowledge of the island and it's flora and faun in huge. She adds so much to a walk on Islay. She is able to point out all the things the uninitiated would miss and thereby enhancing your time greatly. We opted to have Lily's birthday party as part of Becky's Monday morning walk - this time it was on Machir Bay. A short stroll along the beach with her pointing our interesting things to about 15 children got them interested in their surroundings and then got them on building sandcastles. The parents can kick back and know the children are entertained (or the Dads can get competitive and help build the sandcastle) She will also organise a personal tour to suit your ability. Becky worked at the Islay natural history trust so is very familiar with the beauty of Islay and will be able to open your eyes to a whole new side to this beautiful island. We will be asking for Becky's help again in the future and we would strongly recommend you try her out, you will not be disappointed.
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Date of experience: July 2014
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