The Hebridean Islands

The Hebrides comprise a widespread and diverse archipelago off the west coast of mainland Scotland. There are two main groups: the Inner and Outer Hebrides.

January 25, 2015

The Hebridean Islands

Morar Scottish HighlandsScotland has over 790 islands, many of which can be found off the west coast.  Ferries ply the routes between these islands, and a few can also be reached by air.

Some tour highlights

  • Flying into the Isle of Barra in a tiny plane and landing on the beach
  • Exploring the clear waters and fine white powder beaches of the island of Iona, a site of pilgrimage since St Columba established an abbey on the island in AD 563
  • Head to the Outer Hebridean island of Lewis and Harris, a place of windswept moorland and deserted beaches. Visit pre-historic sites such as the superb standing stones at Calanais, thought to date from around 3000 BC.
  • The Isle of Skye is always popular with visitors and it’s not hard to see why – stunning mountain scenery, inlets, bays and lochs, tiny villages and thousands of years of history are yours to discover.
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February 22, 2013

The Isle of Barra

Scotland has many beautiful islands, and it is often hard to choose exactly which ones to visit if you only have a limited time to spend here.  Most of you will no doubt have heard of the Isle of Skye, and also places like Orkney and Shetland, but did you know that Scotland has 790 offshore islands, of which 124 are inhabited?  We are often asked “what’s the best one to go to?” and I think the answer to this will really depend on your own interests and what you like doing.  For some people the idea of being on a remote, tiny, windswept island with no broadband and only a couple of sheep to share the beautiful sea view sounds like paradise, others might prefer a bit more in the way of amenities!

With this in mind I thought we would take a look at some of the lesser visited islands, starting with the Isle of Barra.

Kisimul Castle

 

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March 26, 2012

Islands of Mull, Iona, Coll & Tiree

Sandy bays lapped by turquoise water, white-washed cottages and picture-postcard villages: the Hebridean islands of Mull, Iona, Coll and Tiree are strikingly beautiful. In the far north west of Argyll, they offer tranquillity, space and wildlife galore. Take your time, explore and let the romance of these magical islands seep into you.

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