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“A sad but beautiful story of how strangers stepped in to help with tragedies”
Review of American Monument

American Monument
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wish this had been a bright and sunny day, but the light mist felt good on the hike and added to the somber mood of the place. I won't go in to details of the events themselves, but I highly recommend a google of "American Monument Islay" ... a very touching moment that shows just how caring strangers can be to others in a time of need.
We took a taxi from Port Ellen (about 6.5 miles away) and asked them to return in an hour and half to pick us up. The hike is probably a mile or so going gently uphill to the monument and it is a relaxing hike, with a nice boarded path to cross the muck. We got to see and talk with several Highland Cattle and sheep along the way, but they weren't much for conversation. The views at the Monument of the cliffs and ocean are spectacular, even on an overcast day so I can only imagine this place on a clear day.
Definitely recommend this place and its history

Thank jhcopester
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Reviewed March 14, 2018

Decided to do the short 1 hour walk around the OA on Islay to see the American Monument. The walk was a most pleasant experience on a sunny day and the monument stands high up on the cliffs and is easily visible as you approach the cliff edge. The monument itself is a moving tribute to over 600 American Servicemen who sadly drowned when their ships sank of the coast of Islay during the first World War. A poignent reminder of 'mans inhumanity to man'.

Thank TravelwiseEU
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Reviewed January 5, 2018 via mobile

Lovely walk with views that change by the minute. Yes the ground was a bit wet(it was January) and yes there were cowpats (it is farmland) but this in no way detracts from the beauty of this area. The monument is amazing and a reminder of the sad past. Well worth the walk which has obviously had a lot of work carried out on it by the rspb. The board walks cover most of the really boggy parts.

Thank Dorinda W
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Reviewed November 27, 2017

The roads down get worse as you get closer before becoming a car killer just before the car park. Get on to the council to sort this out because it is simply not acceptable.

Once you are out the car though the walk is nice with great views before you get to the monument proper which has no fences between you (your kids!) and the massive cliffs so please do be very careful if you go down with the family. The feel of the place is very sombre and reflective which is exactly how it should be given the reason there is a monument here at all.

1  Thank David M
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Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

Been here before, have always walked the longer route passed the farm and round the cliffs to the monument. Was dragged up here this time by a mad pulling collie dog, nice walk for a dog local cattle not interested in him at all. Shorter decent from top back to car park is not as muddy as I last remember it due to walkways being installed over the boggy areas. Nice walk

Thank steve h
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