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Scottish Isles
THE SCOTTISH ISLES

The Scottish Isles

Take a scenic route through the beautiful and dramatic Isle of Mull and visit the Isle of Iona to see the famous abbey. Stop at the unique Isle of Staffa to see Fingal’s Cave. Explore further afield to the dramatic Orkney’s and Outer Hebrides. Take your taste buds on an adventure with an abundance of fresh local fare, not to mention the huge array of whisky to be tempted by.



OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO EXPLORE IN THE SCOTTISH ISLES



Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

Take the bridge or ferry over to the largest and most scenic of the Hebridean Islands. The endless coastline and dramatic mountain ranges are full of natural wonders like the Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing and the Cuillin, lots of prehistoric sites and castles. And after exploring this magical place head back to a one of the villages to try the tasty local food and whisky in a charming pub.

Isle of Mull
Isle of Mull

There’s lots of sealife to spot off shore, the white sands of Calgary Bay, or the impressive sea arches of Carsaig. The island’s main town, Tobermory, is a charming place with brightly painted buildings on the waterfront with a chocolate shop, bakery, candle shop, and art and pottery. Take a ferry trip over to the tiny Isle of Iona to see an ancient abbey, or to Staffa Island with its hexagonal basalt columns, home to Fingal’s Cave. (Image: ©VisitScotland/John Duncan)

 

Outer Hebrides
Outer Hebrides

Catch the ferry over from the mainland or from Skye to Lewis and Harris on Europe’s Atlantic edge to experience the peace and tranquillity of this isolated environment. Waves roll into the shoreline and the rugged landscape is dotted with white washed houses, ancient ruins, crystal clear rivers, and stone villages. After a day bird spotting or one of the numerous outdoor activities, sit back and take in the sunset and star filled night sky.

Isle of Arran
Isle of Arran

Dramatic mountain peaks, sheltered beaches, forests, cultural festivals and tasty local produce, the small island of Arran has a lot to offer. You can catch the car ferry over and the buses, which tie in with the ferry timetable, take you along the coastline and through the centre of the island to see the main sights like the Arran Distillery, Isle of Arran Heritage Museum, Island Cheese Company and Kildonan Beach. (Image: ©VisitScotland/Paul Tomkins)

 
Shetland Isles
Shetland Isles

Ten flights in and ten flights out every day, lovely white sandy beaches, history dating back to 3000BC, including Neolithic farmers, Christianity, Viking invasions, Norse control, then being mortgaged to Scotland from Denmark as part of a wedding dowry, which means a rich archaeological landscape and many impressive remains all over the islands. You can travel between the islands by ferry or plane. It’s the perfect place enjoy the rugged outdoors before poking your nose into a local pub for a music session. (Image: ©VisitScotland/Stuart Brunton)

Orkney
Orkney

Orkney is an archipelago off the north coast of Scotland. The islands encompass Neolithic sites, tall sandstone cliffs, seal colonies and puffins. UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 'Heart of Neolithic Orkney' is a group of 5,000-year-old sites, including Skara Brae, a preserved village with a reconstructed house, Maeshowe, a chambered burial tomb incorporating 12th-century Viking carvings, Ring of Brodgar, a henge and stone circle. (Image: ©VisitScotland/Kenny Lam)

 

THE SCOTTISH ISLES ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and lodges in The Scottish Isles.
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Skeaboast Hotel
SKEABOAST HOTEL, PORTREE, ISLE OF SKYE
★★★
Lovingly restored and stunningly refurbished, this iconic hotel began life as a hunting lodge in 1871, and is now an idyllic retreat in a jaw-dropping location on one of the world’s favourite islands. Situated in 23 acres of woodland on the edge of a loch, with views out to sea and crofting hamlets, and seven miles from Portree, this is an ideal base for exploring the island.(Image: ©VisitScotland/Paul Tomkins)
Uig Lodge
UIG LODGE, ISLE OF SKYE
★★★

The rooms here enjoy spectacular views of Uig bay. The daily ferry service to both Harris and North Uist leaves from the bay and the ferry terminal is just three minutes’ drive from the Uig Lodge. Life here moves at an easier pace. During summer months the Ascrib Isles in Uig bay becomes home to hundreds of puffins. Taking a trip to see them will often include close encounters with whales, dolphins and even the mighty basking shark.(Image: ©VisitScotland/Kenny Lam)
The Inn Guest House
THE INN GUEST HOUSE, ORKNEY
★★★

Situated on the waterfront of the picturesque village of St Mary's in the parish of Holm, the INN was originally built in the 1830's as an Inn for the farmers to stay in whilst waiting for the boats to the South Isles after a day at market and now a cute guest house when most rooms having views over Holm Bay with the Churchill Barriers and Italian Chapel in the background. (Image: ©VisitScotland/Kenny Lam)
The Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa
THE ISLE OF MULL HOTEL AND SPA, ISLE OF MULL
★★★half star
Situated close to the ferry terminal on the south east of the island, the hotel lies on the crescent of Craignure Bay with gardens stretching to the water’s edge. Picturesque, the hotel offers a perfect base to explore the island and the dramatic coast of the West of Scotland. Inside the hotel is a 17-metre swimming pool and a specialist Rasul Mud Room. (Image: ©VisitScotland/Paul Tomkins)




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