Did you know there are over 790 incredible Scottish Islands to visit. With many that are easy to reach and seem like a world away. Here's some you might like to visit.
On-board Calmac Ferries ©MDHarding
Scottish Island Getaways
Isle of Harris & Lewis
The Isle of Harris and Lewis situated on the north west coast of Scotland is said to have been a part of the Norse kingdom of Suoreyjar. Now you can see the many monuments and relics such as the finest example of standing stones “Callanish” dating back to 2900 BC.
Harris is well known for its white sandy beaches with turquoise blue waters that you just want to jump into! However, there is quite a few other places that are well worth a visit too!
Shawbost Norse Mill and Kiln, Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, Dun Carloway Broch, or take a stroll along Uig Sands beach and see where the Lewis Chessmen were discovered!
We hired a campervan and drove up from Edinburgh to Uig, Skye then took the Calmac ferry to Tarbert.
Isle of Tiree
The inner Hebridian Island of Tiree is easier to visit than maybe first thought. Take the direct train from Glasgow to Oban, then the ferry the next day to the beautiful island of Tiree. The islands history dates back to Neolithic times, then from the 6th century signs of pictish language and culture have been found. In later years signs of the Viking and Norse settlers then finally under Scots rule and the Clans. Great for walking, water sports and wildlife. Also don't miss the Skerryvore Lighthouse Museum and Treshnish Isle Exhibition.
A great place to be based on the Isle of Tiree is The Millhouse Hostel, located by the Old Mill not just shrouded in history but many a possibility for wildlife spotting. Keep a lookout for the otters that play in the wheel pool pond.
The Summer Mahair, Tiree ©MDHarding
Isle of Coll
The other inner hebridian Island is the Isle of Coll. Stay on the same ferry from Oban and go directly there.
The Inner Hebridean Islands are a haven for bird watchers and nature lovers. With Coll being home to Corncrake’s and I was surprised to see the number of Geese! I believe the three to watch out for are the pink-footed, Grey and Canadian Goose. During the summer months you can take a guided walk with the local RSBP on Coll.
Did you know that the Isle of Coll has also been awarded with the “dark skies” status. One of the best places in the U.K for stargazing.
The Coll Bunkhouse is a great place to stay with a cafe, WiFi and good amenities. Why not stay at Coll's only hotel - Coll Hotel. The family hotel run by three generations of the Oliphant family since the 1960's has great seaviews!
Isle of Gigha
The most southerly of the hebridean islands is the community owned - Isle of Gigha. Only seven miles long by a mile and a half wide and only 3 hours from Glasgow. It is a walkers paradise with the Achamore Gardens, beaches and historic sites to visit.
I hope you have enjoyed reading and inspired to visit one or more of the beautiful Scottish islands. Until next time, happy travels:)
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