Accessibility at The Oa

Summary accessibility statement

Before you visit

Please check ahead for suitability for your access needs.

How to get here

By bus

The nearest bus stop is in Port Ellen.

By road

Approximately 6 miles (9.6 km) south-west of Port Ellen, Isle of Islay.

Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.

Other ways to get there

Visitors can travel to Islay by boat from Kennacraig to Port Askaig or Port Ellen on Islay (contact Caledonian MacBrayne tel: 08705 650000) or by plane from Glasgow.

Access to facilities

Car parking
18 spaces

Rolled stone surface.

Nature trails access
  • 0.75 mile (1.2 km) to the American Monument and 1.5 miles (2.5 km) circular walk around the clifftop, via the American Monument.
  • Mostly natural and unimproved paths, which can be soft underfoot.
  • Short sections of boardwalk across wetter areas.
  • Short sections of moderate gradient.
  • Benches (without back and arm rests) on circular walk.
  • This nature reserve is important for wildlife and is also a working farm.
  • RSPB Scotland welcomes responsible access in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
  • Due to the year round presence of livestock, we ask that you please keep dogs on a short lead when following the waymarked trails. 
  • Away from the trails, we kindly request that you keep your dog walking at heel or on a short lead when near livestock and at all times during the bird breeding season (1 April to 15 August).
  • Please clean up after your dog.