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1. Posted by Nat_1985 (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

I was wondering if anyone had travelled around the Islands of Scotland and where they would recommend I visit? I've already been to the Isle of Arran, and am keen to get a lot further north. I'm planning on travelling in the first two weeks of July, buying a ferry pass and taking the tent. I'd love to get out in to the more remote places but would like to visit civilization sometimes too! Any ideas on the most beautiful/rugged/awesome places to visit are welcome.

Thanks very much guys :)

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Last time we did this we went to Eigg, and to Skye, both of which are great. Skye has particularly spectacular rugged mountains.

3. Posted by Claire2010 (Budding Member 29 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I agree with the previous post, Skye is lovely. I'd also suggest the Shetlands, maybe Fair Isle? Are you going on your own or with friends?


4. Posted by Osito80 (Budding Member 27 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!


I ve been on the islands of Coll, Bute, Skye Lewis and Harris. They re all on the westcoast.

Isle of Coll : There s no tree and the ferry leaves three times per week. There re 3 churches for 150 inhabitants, a pottery, grocery and several degeneratet houses. Ideal for birdwatching.

Isle of Bute : easy to reach from the mainland ( daytrip possible). The little town is tourist magnet.

Isle of Skye : wonderful mountains, straggly landscape and places

Isle of Lewis and Harris : Do not go there on sunday. It s a day for rest like 100 years ago. All sights and restaurants are closed. No bus goes. But you re invited to go to the church. The islands have nice beaches.

I traveled by public traffic with the "Freedom of Scotland Travelpass" from Scotrail. To use rail, all ferries of Caledonian Mac Brayne on the westcoast and buses.

I recommand the website : for further details to the scottish islands.

5. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Skye is always a good choice. Iv been to Mull - very nice but also touristic.
Might wanna try Rum. Its very remote and rugged. I was there for a music festival years ago.

Shetland is great too. Was there for Uhhella ya