The Inner Hebrides

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  • two surfers walking up the hill above Balephuil Bay, Isle of Tiree
    Balephuil Bay, Isle of Tiree
  • A view across the Sound of Arisaig to Eigg and Rum
    Looking across the Sound of Arisaig to Eigg and Rum
  • Looking across the Sound of Iona to the Isle of Iona from Fionnphort on the Isle of Mull
    Looking across to the Isle of Iona, across the Sound of Iona
  • Passengers on a boat trip to Staffa and Fingal's Cave
    Looking out at the island of Staffa and Fingal's Cave

Scotland’s Inner Hebrides are a true haven for wildlife. You will be amazed by the rich cultural heritage, stunning seascapes and beautiful castles found around these unique, unspoilt islands.

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The Inner Hebrides are a wilderness waiting to be discovered. With quiet sandy beaches and wildlife around every corner this is a true haven of peace and relaxation away from the hectic pressures of urban life.

South of Skye in the Hebridean sea lie the Small Isles, Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna. Rum, the largest of the small isles, is home to some 60,000 pairs of Manx Shearwaters, one fifth of the world’s population, which nest in burrows high on the mountain slopes of the 2,663 ft peak of Askival. Eigg, the most vibrant and populous of the small islands, was purchased by the local community in 1997. Take a stroll along the unique ‘singing sands’ of quartz.

Mull has many castles, bays and beautiful beaches just waiting to be explored. The nearby inspirational island of Staffa is a wonder of the natural world. Amongst the vertical basaltic columns is Fingal’s Cave. This eerie cave has inspired many great artists’ work, such as Mendelssohn’s beautiful Hebrides Overture and Turner’s painting of Staffa, Fingal’s Cave in 1832.

Travel west and find Iona and low lying Tiree and Coll. Iona is a truly spiritual place and one of the most sacred sites in the Britain. It was from this island in AD 563 that St Columba spread Christianity throughout Scotland and northern England and it remains a centre for Christian pilgrimage.

Coll and Tiree have empty white sandy beaches, a rich variety of wild flowers and an extensive range of bird life. Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides and one of the sunniest places in the UK. With water warmed by the Gulf Stream and challenging waves, this is a great place for surfing, windsurfing and sailing.

Experience the unique culture, hospitality and freedom of the Inner Hebridean islands.

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