DAY 05, 28th July - Islay & Jura

Day 5 of Mark Beaumont's Wild About Argyll adventure saw him head to the beautiful Hebridean islands of Islay & Jura. He fell ran the famous Paps of Jura before crossing to Islay to cycle the 'Ride of the Falling Rain' route on Islay from Port Askaig to Port Ellen via Bowmore. He then ran the Three Distilleries Trail and kayaked back to Port Ellen before spending the night wild camping.

Here's Mark's blog about day 5:

'Breakfast at 5am on day 5 of Wild About Argyll was accompanied by a Pine Marten at on the bird table at Dunchraigaig House - before a Venture West down Loch Sween and crossing the Sound of Jura in perfect calm from Tayvallich.

Arriving in Jura I was met by local fell runner Grant Rozga to take on the Paps of Jura, alongside doctor and friend Graeme Brown. Leaving the peaty bogs, we soon climbed to the steep, loose scree of the three tops. These iconic peaks have long been on my bucket list and they lived up to their tough reputation!

Just over five hours later we dropped back down for a short ferry hop to Islay. In comparison to the epic peaks, Islay is almost entirely flat and with a cracking tailwind we flew across to Bowmore and then Port Ellen, cheered on by locals including the firemen at the airport and Colin Prior.

Throwing the trainers back on, we ran a mile to Laphroaig distillery for a dram, another mile for a nip at Lagavulin distillery and then another mile for a tipple at Ardbeg distillery... and thankfully we didn't have to run any further after that!

Finally, we joined Kayak Wild Islay and Islay Sea-Adventures for a gentle paddle back along the front to Port Ellen before wild camping on Singing Sands beach. What a superb, epic triathlon through Jura and Islay!'