Islay Outdoors
Islay Outdoors
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Islay Outdoor offers bespoke guided tours on the Island of Islay. We offer wildlife walks, seashore foraging, fishing trips, beachcombing, bird watching and guided hill running. You can also have the opportunity of trying some wllderness camping. Your guide is a Green Badge with the Scottish Tourists Guide Association and can offer whole day activities.
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Julia U
1 contribution
Oct 2022
Donald was an excellent guide, and me and my dad had a wonderful day out despite the terrible weather. We saw loads of interesting birds including a marsh harrier which is uncommon in Scotland. Donal has excellent local knowledge about the wildlife and the history of Islay which made the day informative and interesting. I particularly enjoyed the cockling we did, Donald helped me improve my technique and we went home with a big bag full of them! We ate them for dinner and they were delicious. Donald was happy to tailor the day to what we wanted to do and was able to adapt to the weather conditions so we got the most out of our day. I would 100% recommend Islay Outdoors!
Written 26 October 2022
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review and also post a photo of your cooked cockles. They look amazing. The Marsh Harrier is still flying about and displaying so it has been so nice to show other guests this rare visitor to Islay. The weather has not improved much since your visit but we are so used to it now. Many thanks again for choosing me as your guide and perhaps we will meet again if you decide to return to Islay on holiday. All the best, Donald
Written 11 November 2022
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DrivesLikeJehu
Noblesville, IN14 contributions
Oct 2022
Donald led my wife and I on a wonderful day trip in remote areas we likely would not have found on our own. He freely shared the expertise he has gained as a life-long Islay resident, and we finished the day with the satisfaction of having seen over 20 different forms of wildlife. Donald was patient with our walking pace and is a careful, sensible driver while navigating the back roads of Islay. We highly recommend Donald to guide you on your Islay adventure!
Written 14 October 2022
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Very pleased that you both enjoyed your day out. We weather was quite kind to us and it was good to see the wildlife. Thanks for taking the time to review the outing, and do enjoy the remaining days of your holiday. With best regards, Donald
Written 16 October 2022
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Wendy M
35 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
I wanted to visit the uninhabited Isle of Texa to bag the trig point there. I had read Donald was an expert on Islay and the islands around so got in touch, explained our needs and booked a date.
Donald sorted the boat for us and we had a fabulous day out. My husband has a weak side following a stroke and Donald went above and beyond helping him through the tough terrain.
It was great to reach the trig point. I would never have managed it without Donald finding a route for us.
Donald gave us lots of information, pointed out wildlife and plants. We saw a sea eagle and a wild goat. We then sat down on the little beach to eat some lovely home made scotch pancakes that Donald brought, made by his wife
It was a day we will always remember. Felt like a real adventure!
Written 26 September 2022
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Many thanks for your lovely review of your day out with me on Texa. It really was a good fun day out and glad we got to the trig point. The wildlife showed up too which was a bonus. Happy to hear it is a day to remember and I will remember it too. Thanks again. Best regards, Donald
Written 13 October 2022
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andrewthompson2022
Halifax, UK2 contributions
Aug 2022
Spent a half day with. Donald with my wife to visit areas where her father grew up!
Wished we had booked more time and stayed at his farmhouse.
Very courteous gentleman and has a great knowledge of wildlife and the vast history of Islay.
Thoroughly recommend !
Written 25 August 2022
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Thank you so much for the welcome review and thanks also for taking the time to write it. I thoroughly enjoyed our tour and glad you enjoyed yourselves. Perhaps if you return to Islay, we can enjoy a full days touring and explore more of where your father grew up. Thanks again, best wishes, Donald
Written 13 October 2022
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Alison D
1 contribution
Aug 2022
For our half day tour of Islay Donald took us in a comfortable, well equipped vehicle to see deer, seals, birds of prey including a golden eagle, in stunning countryside and coastal areas, with much local information along the way. Donald was unhurried, very knowledgeable, friendly and willing to accommodate our specific requirements throughout the trip. Communication was excellent prior to the day and on the day.
Written 25 August 2022
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It was so nice to meet you all and show you some of the lovely island. We were very lucky with the weather. Sadly we didn’t spot the otter yesterday but I did see two today! Perhaps next time our luck might be better. Thanks again for taking the time to review the outing. All the best, Donald
Written 25 August 2022
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K W
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Aug 2022 • Family
We had a great day out with Donald learning about the history and wildlife of the island. We were particularly keen to see a golden eagle and an otter, and Donald helped us to see both due to his local knowledge.
Donald is friendly and adapted the day to our abilities and those of our son.
We would never have seen the areas of the island he took us to without his expert know- how.
Thanks Donald for a really memorable day!
Written 22 August 2022
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It is so much appreciated that you have left a review of your day’s outing with me. I am so pleased you enjoyed our day and the wildlife certainly appeared for our outing. So pleased you enjoyed and perhaps we may meet again if you return to our lovely island. All the best, Donald
Written 25 August 2022
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Byron A
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Couples
This review is long overdue but we have not forgotten a second of our experience on Islay with DJ. We were initially hoping for just a fishing trip but it became so much more. Donald is an amazing guide, who had us novices successfully fly-fishing in no time! It was clear that he was committed not only to taking care of us and to making sure we had a great experience, but also to Islay itself. He is someone who deeply cares about his home and wanted to share it with us. Truly special. We hope to cross paths with him again.
Written 19 August 2022
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Many thanks for reviewing your outing and especially when it was some time ago that our paths crossed. You obviously enjoyed your day and I’m thankful that you have great memories of your outing. Do get in touch if you are ever on Islay again and we can arrange another memorable outing for you both. Best wishes, DJ
Written 25 August 2022
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Kenneth J
4 contributions
Jul 2022
DJ is a wealth of knowledge about all things Islay! We focused on birds, but learned and saw so much more than that! He shared his vast knowledge of culture, history, birds, and wildlife, while we toured many special locations on the Island. Our last highlight was a great view of the Endemic Chough on the church ruins where our ancestors were married. Thanks DJ!
Written 6 August 2022
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Delighted you had a good time on your day’s outing with me. Thanks too for taking the time to submit a review as it’s very much appreciated. All best wishes, DJ
Written 25 August 2022
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Maria M
Edinburgh, UK14 contributions
Jul 2022
A day on Jura with Donald was a brilliant start to our fortnight on Islay. Donald's indepth knowledge of history, archeology, the land, nature and the people combined with his warmth made our day memorable in so many ways. We saw and experienced Jura in all its glory and had we gone on our own we would have missed it all. Our day was tailored exaclty to our requirements - visiting lots of churches, graveyards and ancient places. We saw golden eagles in flight and lots of deer - up close! The gin distillery was a wee surprise and real treat. Donald is incredible.
Written 19 July 2022
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Delighted you all enjoyed your day on Jura and there was a wee surprise at the end of the road! Jura has so much history and it’s nice to get out and explore the island and find places that are of interest. So pleased that the wildlife decided to make an appearance too. Thanks for taking the time to write this super review and look forward to meeting up again in the future. Take care, Donald
Written 27 July 2022
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David M
Edinburgh, UK11 contributions
Jul 2022
Being shown round Islay with Donald was an ideal way to start our holiday. His extensive knowledge of the history of the island and its wildlife made for a most interesting and enjoyable day. Many thanks.
David and Eliz
Written 18 July 2022
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Many thanks for writing this lovely review as it is much appreciated. I am so pleased you enjoyed your introduction to Islay and all that it offers. Hope you spotted a lot more wildlife during the remainder of your holiday. Best wishes, Donald
Written 27 July 2022
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