These three wild islands lie just south of Barra, and boast some of the finest coastal landscapes in Scotland. Spellbinding in beauty, they are also fascinating for the mementos they hold of the people who once lived on them.
Simply getting to Mingulay, Berneray and Pabbay is an adventure in itself – but it’s worth it! Sailing to these islands on the very edge of the Outer Hebrides is an unforgettable trip.
Ghost villages and abandoned dwellings are now all that is left of communities who farmed, fished and hunted seabirds. Mingulay and Pabbay have been uninhabited since 1912, Berneray since 1980.
To the west lie rugged cliffs, caves, sea stacks and promontories; in the east, green grassy slopes, white sandy bays and turquoise seas. Marvel at the beautifully carved Pictish stone on Pabbay – one of only two in the Western Isles – wander around the ghost village, and look out for seabirds! The spectacular cliffs house internationally important breeding colonies.
The only way to get to Mingulay, Berneray and Pabbay is by boat.
Most boats leave from Castlebay, Barra; the Tourist Information Centre in Castlebay (01871 810336) can provide you with information.
The islands are often a stopping point on chartered cruises around the Western Isles, with many boats leaving from Oban and Mallaig