This popular book festival in Dumfries & Galloway takes ‘island life’ as its theme this year. With 236 authors and 281 events taking place over the duration of the festival, it is sure to be a big draw. The explorer Jason Lewis will head up a canoe trip to an island in the Solway Firth, while many other adventuring authors will be giving readings from their books or will be in discussion.
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This is a half marathon with a bit of a difference â€“ the stupendous location of course! As one of the five island half marathons, (the others are Stornoway, Benbecula, Barra and Skye) which form the framework for the Heb3. You need to complete at least three of the races in one year and prizes are given on aggregate times. Of course, you can just run the one if you want!
Choose to walk, run or cycle 11 miles in the Gigha challenge or take part in the popular 5k run. Either way it’s a highlight in the island’s calendar. The race starts and finishes at the craft units, with evening entertainment in the Gigha Hotel.
Guided walks â€“ some on Islay and others on Jura and Colonsay/Oronsay. Every one’s a gem, with something to appeal to every walker. There’s a chance to see golden eagles on the Oa peninsula, scenery by the bucketful on Machrie beach, a climb to the top of Islay’s highest hill, Bheinn Bheigier, and much more. There’s music too, and there might be a dram. After all that walking you might need it. Booking required for some events.
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