Scottish Island Holiday Ideas
A Scottish island holiday is perfect for people who just need time out to relax and recharge their batteries. Swap the hustle and bustle of everyday life for the sun, sea and sand in a calm location, listening to the sounds of the waves lapping up on the shore. Here are five coastal break ideas to help plan your next Scottish island getaway.
With its white sand beaches and incredible sea views, it's no surprise that the Isle of Tiree is a favourite amongst many visitors, young and old. The most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides, Tiree experiences strong winds making it a popular destination for windsurfers. The island is also home to the annual Tiree Wave Classic, the longest running windsurfing event in the world. Of course, if a refreshing dip in the water is not for you there are still plenty of things to do on dry land. Make the most of the long sunshine hours by going on a coastal walk, get your bucket and spade and start building sandcastles or keep your eyes peeled around the island for local wildlife.
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If you're seeking peace and quiet for your next coastal break, be sure to add Coll to your bucket list. There is no shortage when it comes to wildlife here. Head to Cliadh Beach for some seal spotting or if you're willing to brave the chilly sea temperatures, why not take up surfing or kayaking? After a day of exploring, you will no doubt have worked up an appetite. With lamb reared on the island and fresh fish and seafood available, get ready to fill your stomach with delicious local produce at The Coll Hotel.
The fun doesn't stop when the sun sets, stargazers and hobby astronomers will enjoy the celestial wonders of the night sky. With no streetlights and the island far away from any source of light pollution, Coll is the only island in the UK to be named an International Dark Sky Community. To see the best of the star-filled night skies, we recommend visiting the island from October to March.
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You don't have to travel abroad to experience vast white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. A coastal weekend break to Vatersay opens up an exciting range of possibilities. Take to the water for a guided sea kayaking trip with Clearwater Paddling. With no experience needed, say hello to the resident seals, otters and a fantastic array of birds. Remember to bring your walking boots with you too! Vatersay is the starting point of the Hebridean Way long-distance walking route, which is also great for cyclists.
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A holiday to Skye is almost like stepping into a real life fairy-tale. The largest of the Inner Hebrides islands, Skye is recognised for its natural beauty and is an ideal base to explore the west coast of Scotland. For picturesque coastal walks, head to Neist Point Lighthouse offering stunning views of the high cliffs and lighthouse itself. Tuck into some seafood delights at the Oyster Shed Farm Shop where you will have the chance to sample Pacific oysters grown in the crystal-clear waters of Loch Harport. Fancy a wee tipple? Make sure to add Talisker Distillery to your bucket list - home to the only single malt whisky produced on Skye.
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Sparkling white sands and stunning water vistas await when you visit the Isle of Mull. The natural grandeur of Calgary Bay will envelop you in its beauty as you relax in its beautiful surroundings, combining beach, art, nature and a sprinkling of good food. If you simply can't get enough of Mull's local delicacies be sure to check out the Mull and Iona Food Trail. Get ready to eat until your heart's content with its generous offerings of home-produced food including fresh seafood, lamb, home baking and much more. If you're a keen cyclist and fancy a bit of road cycling, then Mull is the place for you. It's also a great way to get your bearings around the island. Cycle through the island in one loop where you will be treated to scenic views of wild mountains, open wilderness and white sandy beaches.
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