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Inner Hebrides attractions & tourist information
Find places to visit and things to do in the Inner Hebrides with these visitor guides.
Armadale Castle Gardens and Museum: Complete Visitor GuideTag: Castles
Armadale Castle on the Isle of Skye is one of the island’s most-visited tourist attractions. Visitors can explore extensive grounds that feature an arboretum, landscaped gardens, woodland walks and a children’s play park, as well as the castle ruins and a fascinating museum.
Beaches on the Isle of Tiree: Complete Visitor Guide
Tiree enjoys the highest number of sunshine hours in the UK, and the beaches are some of the cleanest and most secluded in Britain. The island’s coastline is 36 miles in total so there are lots of places to enjoy watersports, and there are also superb festivals to attend on some of the beaches including the annual Tiree Music Festival and the Tiree Wave Classic windsurfing event. Discover everything you need to know about visiting Tiree’s beaches in this complete guide.
Ben More, Mull: Complete Visitor GuideTag: Mountains & Hills
With a peak of 966 metres (3,169 feet), Ben More is the highest mountain on the Isle of Mull. The mountain is located on the shores of Loch na Keal and Loch Beg where it offers spectacular views from two very different approaches on the north and south sides. Discover everything you need to know about Ben More with this complete visitor guide.
Boreraig Clearance Village: Complete Visitor Guide
The remains of long-abandoned villages can be seen all over the Isle of Skye, but Boreraig – situated 4 1/2 miles south of Broadford – is perhaps the most hauntingly beautiful. Visiting Boreraig takes walkers on a 9-mile circular trail from Broadford to the shore of Loch Eishort, across heather-covered moorland on a rough path that offers stunning views along the way.
Carsaig Arches, Mull: Complete Visitor Guide
The Carsaig Arches are located on the south side of the Isle of Mull. From Carsaig Pier it takes around 6 hours to walk the 8-mile return route which is very difficult due to the boulder-strewn coastline that has no obvious path. Walking the coastline is worth every bit of the effort involved though, not only for the scenic views of Islay and Jura but also for the wildlife that can be seen in this remote part of the island.
Duart Castle: Complete Visitor GuideTag: Castles
For 700 years Duart Castle has dominated the Sound of Mull on the Isle of Mull, where its mighty curtain walls have defended the seat of Clan Maclean. The castle is located on a peninsula on the southeast of the island where it welcomes visitors with facilities including knowledgeable tour guides, nature walks, a café, and a gift shop.
Fairy Glen, Skye: Complete Visitor Guide
The Fairy Glen is an ethereal, bizarre-looking landscape located on the west side of Trotternish on the Isle of Skye. This geological wonder comprises a number of conical hills that look man made but are, in fact, remnants of an ancient landslip similar to the equally captivating Quiraing.
Fairy Pools, Skye: Complete Visitor Guide
The Fairy Pools are located at the foot of the Black Cuillin mountains on the Isle of Skye. These crystal-clear pools of water are one of the most-visited attractions on the island and many visitors wild swim in them, while others use them as a starting point for hikes into the surrounding mountains. Discover the Fairy Pools in this guide which includes an overview, visiting advice, and 360° photos.
Finlaggan, Islay: Complete Visitor Guide
Finlaggan is the former home of Scotland’s ‘Lord of the Isles’ which is located a few miles southwest of Port Askaig on the Isle of Islay. Access to Finlaggan is via a wooden walkway that leads from the visitor centre to a small island where tourists will discover a number of standing stones, graves, and ruined houses. Discover Finlaggan with this guide which features an overview and lots of useful visiting tips and advice.
Gott Bay, Tiree: Complete Visitor Guide
One of the most stunning beaches in all of Scotland is Gott Bay which can be found on the Inner Hebrides island of Tiree. With its beautiful turquoise sea and powder white beach it’s no surprise that this bay attracts thousands of visitors each year, and in fact, it’s often cited as one of the best beaches in the whole of Scotland. In this article, we’ll the stunning scenery of Gott Bay as well as the many fun things to do there that make it such a popular destination for visitors to Tiree.
Iona Abbey: Complete Visitor Guide
Iona Abbey – located on the Isle of Iona on the far south-west corner of Mull – was founded by St. Columba in AD 563. The abbey is one of Europe’s oldest sites of worship and was an important burial site for Scottish royalty after the Scottish Reformation. Today, Iona is a popular tourist destination that is accessible via ferry from the village of Fionnphort on Mull.
Isle of Coll: Complete Visitor Guide
The Isle of Coll lies on the edge of Scotland’s west coast, directly north of Tiree and west of Mull. This stunningly pretty island is surrounded by miles of pristine golden beaches and has vast swathes of unspoilt countryside at its centre. Coll is also pleasingly free of tourism, making a visit to this gem of an island a real step back in time.
Isle of Eigg: Complete Visitor Guide
The small but beautiful Isle of Eigg is part of the Small Isles chain which lies 10 miles (16.09 km) off Scotland’s west coast next to the Morar Peninsula. Access is via a one-hour ferry from the port village of Mallaig on the mainland, which makes it ideal for day trippers, especially cyclists who can ride along the pretty single-track road to explore the centre of the island and the two golden beaches – the Singing Sands and Laig Beach.
Isle of Islay Whisky Distillery Tours: Ultimate Guide
Islay is one of Scotland’s most popular whisky-producing regions thanks to distilleries that include; Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Kilchoman, Lagavulin and Ardnahoe. Discover everything you need to know about Islay whisky distilleries in this ultimate guide which includes information about each distillery tour as well as lots of useful visiting advice.
Isle of Islay: Complete Visitor Guide
The Isle of Islay is one of the largest West Coast islands in the Southern Hebrides. Islay is a popular tourist destination thanks to its diverse wildlife, attractive country villages and stunning coastline, but it’s most famous for the distinctive whisky that’s flavoured with locally-sourced peat. Discover this mesmerizing isle with this complete guide, which includes an overview and lots of useful visiting advice.
Isle of Jura: Complete Visitor Guide
Jura is an island in the Inner Hebrides close to the Isle of Islay. There are only 200 inhabitants living across the island’s 142 square miles which makes Jura one of the least inhabited places in Scotland. Visitors can explore the open landscape by taking a ferry from Port Askaig and cycling or driving around the A846 which offers an enjoyable journey along the east coast of the island. Discover the Isle of Jura with this visitor guide which includes an overview and lots of useful visiting advice.
Isle of Lunga: Complete Visitor Guide
The Isle of Lunga lies west of Mull and east of Tiree on the west coast of Scotland. This remote volcanic island is the largest of the Treshnish Isles, yet it’s only 81 hectares in size. Visitors can explore Lunga as part of an organized tour to see the island’s famous colonies of puffins, as well as thousands of pairs of breeding seabirds, seals, and rare plants.
Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa: Complete Visitor GuideTag: Family Attractions
Nestled on the edge of the southeast corner of the Isle of Mull is the luxurious Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa, a haven for travellers looking to escape the stresses of everyday life. This extensive hotel offers guests an unforgettable experience of relaxation and indulgence thanks to its superb spa facilities and unparalleled oceanside views. This article takes a closer look at the Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa to discover why it’s the perfect destination for your next getaway.
Isle of Mull: Complete Visitor Guide
The Isle of Mull is the second-largest island in the Inner Hebrides and features famous attractions including Tobermory village, Ben More, and Iona Abbey. The island is a popular alternative to Skye as it offers almost as many attractions but is less busy and is easier to get to from Oban. Discover this stunning west coast island with this guide, which features information about the top attractions as well as immersive 360° photos.
Isle of Raasay: Complete Visitor Guide
The Isle of Raasay is located immediately north of Skye on the west coast of Scotland. This beautiful island in the Inner Hebrides is just 24 square miles in area yet is home to one of the world’s most geologically diverse landscapes. Visitors to Raasay can explore rolling hills, forests, lochs, golden beaches, and some of the most off-the-grid roads in Scotland.
Isle of Rum: Complete Visitor Guide
The Small Isles on the west coast of Scotland include Canna, Muck, Eigg, and Rum. Rum is the largest of the archipelago at 182 square miles, yet it is inhabited by just 40 people. Getting to Rum involves a short ferry ride from the neighbouring Isle of Skye, after which visitors are free to explore mile after mile of heather-covered moorlands and dramatic mountain peaks.
Isle of Skye: Complete Visitor Guide
The Isle of Skye is one of Scotland’s most popular tourist destinations, attracting over 600,000 sightseers annually. People travel from all over the world to explore this west-coast island’s beautiful landscapes and attractions like the Storr, the Fairy Pools, and the Quiraing are essential places to visit for anyone touring Scotland. Discover this beautiful island with this complete guide featuring a photo slideshow and 360° photos.
Isle of Tiree: Complete Visitor Guide
The Isle of Tiree is the most westerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Known as the ‘Hawaii of the north’, Tiree is famed for its clear blue seas and wide golden beaches, as well as the annual Tiree Music Festival and Surf Wave Classic events. Discover Tiree with this guide which includes an overview, good-to-know visiting advice, and a 360° virtual tour.
Lochbuie, Mull: Complete Visitor GuideTag: Towns & Villages
The village of Lochbuie, nestled amidst the breathtaking landscape of the Isle of Mull, is a genuine hidden gem that offers visitors a taste of the island’s natural beauty far away from crowds of visiting tourists. Lochbuie lies at the head of Loch Buie on the south coast of Mull in a landscape that features fabulous coastal views and lots of scenic walking trails. In this article, we’ll take a close-up look at this remarkable corner of Mull as well as offer a few suggestions for what you can do when you visit it yourself.
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