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  • Rum is a significant sized island with its own Cuillin (a bit lower than Skye's) but a very low population. The 19th century Kinloch Castle was amazingly sumptuous but has suffered terribly from neglect. It is now being restored.
  • Eigg is much smaller but has a very distinctive hill, the Sgurr of Eigg, that forms and provides an excellent viewpoint because of its island position. There is a fine beach to the west of the island.

A minibus service runs up the island from the ferry. In 1997 the population of Eigg made history by managing to buy the island from its Laird, a feat assisted by many Friends of Eigg.

  • Muck is the smallest of the Small Islands (population 38) but it's big enough to have a few holiday cottages to rent during the summer.
  • Canna is between Rum and Eigg in size. The permanent population is even smaller than that of Eigg; there is one guest house on Canna providing B&B and some self-catering cottages - No shop.



Getting Around

Looking towards the Isle of Muck fron An Sgurr, Isle of Eigg

Looking towards the Isle of Muck fron An Sgurr, Isle of Eigg

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By Bus

A minibus runs occasionally up the length of Eigg.

By Boat

  • Calmac. runs ferries from Mallaig to the Small Islands but it seems no longer possible to do them all in a day's tour.
  • Arisaig Marine also provide trips to the Small Islands.
  • AquaExplore for something more adventurous.



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