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Hi I’m Lisa. Welcome to Islandeering I’m an islandeer, author and marine conservationist and passionate about sharing what I have learnt from my travels around the islands of the British Isles to help you find an adventure. I started the project 12 years ago after I had one of those light bulb moments and realised the pure magic that islands held for me. After meeting so many people on their island travels who shared my passion and told me that I must share my experiences so that others could do the same I set up Islandeering.com, where we are passionate about promoting responsible travel to our great British islands.
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High Point: 116 metres
Population: 1
Size: 52 hectares
Wild Factor: 8 out of 10

Overview: Davaar Island is a privately-owned island that is a destination for pilgrims, walkers and explorers alike. Linked to the Kintyre Peninsula near Campbeltown by a tidal causeway known as The Doirlinn, it is possible to walk across at low tide. A circular walk around the island takes you passed the lighthouse complex and offers fabulous clifftop views that reach to the Isle of Arran and Ailsa Craig. There are several caves to explore on the south shore, the most visited of which is The Crucifixion Cave.

Type of island: inhabited

Location: Inner Hebrides, Scotland

How to get to Davaar: From Campbeltown, follow the coast road south east for approximately 3 km. Shortly after passing the NATO depot on your right there is a large layby on your left which is the parking area for Davaar Island.

Getting around Davaar: the only way is on foot

Best time to go to Davaar: Davaar can be visited all year. Otters and sea eagles may be spotted all year; the warmer months are better for spotting basking sharks, dolphins and whales; and gannets from Ailsa Craig are present from Spring to early Autumn.

Access to Davaar: on foot; or by truck if staying in the island’s accommodation. Only attempt the crossing 3 hours either side of low tide. For safe crossing times to Davaar Island check the tide times at BBC tides for Campbeltown here

Dog friendly: yes (on a lead)

Food and drink on Davaar: no facilities on the island; full range of restaurants and shops in nearby Campbeltown

Accommodation on Davaar: There are two self catering cottages and two luxury wood cabins located within the lighthouse complex at the north tip of Davaar – more

Contacts:  Davaar Island website ; and Campbeltown Tourist Information, Tel. 01586 552056

Best things to do on Davaar: 

  • Walk the island circuit – more on the Islandeering page (next)
  • Wild swim from the pier near the lighthouse
  • Enjoy the views to Ailsa Criag and Arran
  • Explore the caves on the south shore – more

Look out for:

  • Ailsa Craig gannets swooping for food
  • Feral goats
  • Whales, dolphins and basking sharks
  • Cockles on The Dorloinn

Nearby islands: whilst you are there, why not explore:

Islands of the Inner Hebrides – more

Gallery

The Crucifixion Cave

Visit Davaar Island and the cave painting of the crucifixion

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Wildlife on Davaar Island

Find plenty of wildlife on Davaar Island at any time of the year

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55.425186, -5.542561

About Us

Hi I’m Lisa. Welcome to Islandeering I’m an islandeer, author and marine conservationist and passionate about sharing what I have learnt from my travels around the islands of the British Isles to help you find an adventure. I started the project 12 years ago after I had one of those light bulb moments and realised the pure magic that islands held for me. After meeting so many people on their island travels who shared my passion and told me that I must share my experiences so that others could do the same I set up Islandeering.com, where we are passionate about promoting responsible travel to our great British islands.
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We have a lot of fun here, as we continuously find new islands and meet plenty of great folks along the way. Join our community to get new routes and adventures, latest blogs and news by using the email box below. Tune in also to our Facebook and Instagram pages to see where we are going next.
Distance: 7.4 km
Difficulty: 2 (4 for caves)
Method: Walking
Wow Factor: 7 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: Off Kintyre Peninsula, east of Campbeltown
  • Size: 52 hectares
  • Terrain: Shingle causeway, animal tracks and pebbly foreshore to the caves
  • Access: Tidal causeway
  • Height gain: 437 metres
  • Map: OS Explorer 356
  • Starting point: Layby near Doirlinn; Lat/Long 55.416922, -5.563910; GR NR 74535 19447
  • Accommodation/food:

    Accommodation on Davaar Island – there are two self catering cottages and two luxury wood cabins located within the lighthouse complex at the north tip of Davaar – more. Full range of accommodation and food in nearby Campeltown.

  • Island Summary:

    Davaar Island is located in Argyll and Bute just off the east coast of the Kintyre Peninsula where its lofty bulk sits at the head of the loch that protects Campletown. This walk starts by crossing a tidal causeway and, once on the island, follows the track to the lighthouse complex. Small paths are then used to reach the islands highpoint. There are fabulous views throughout of Ailsa Craig, Arran and Campbeltown and its harbour. Exploration of the caves on the south coast requires crossing smooth rocks on the foreshore at lower tide.

  • Look out for:
    • Gannets from Ailsa Craig
    • Incredible cave painting of the crucifiction
    • Feral goats
    • Sea eagles
    • Otters
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