Wild goats resident on the Isle of Ulva

Southside Walk

distance: 6 miles (linear walk, three miles each way)
terrain: track, can be muddy in places
This walk from the ferry takes you round part of the farm circuit, and then heads west along the island, taking you on the south side with spectacular views to the islands plus many historic features.

1. Start from the ferry slipway and head along the track past the Boathouse, and Sheila’s Cottage.

2. Carry on straight ahead at the junction, following the sign for Farm Circuit Anti-clockwise.

3. Turn right opposite the disused farm buildings, and follow the track up alongside the stream, past the dam and through the gate in the deer fence. Continue to follow this path west for just under a mile.

4. Follow the track to the left.

5. Ormaig. This cluster of ruins with spectacular views across the islets to the south is said to be the birthplace of General Lachlan MacQuarrie, the first Governor of New South Wales. Continue along the track downwards towards the mill.

6. This old crick mill still houses its mill stones, and by following the stream upstream you can see the flume and broken dam that once controlled the flow of water to power the mill. Return along the route back to the ferry.