Small Isles

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Introduction

The Small Isles lie just off the West coast of mainland Scotland in the Inner Hebrides. They lie south of Skye and north of Mull and Ardnamurchan - the most westerly point of mainland Scotland. The Small Isles is one of 40 National Scenic Areas in Scotland

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Islands

  • Canna and neighbouring Sanday -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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Sights and Activities

  • Kinloch Castle, on Rum. Incredible late Victorian castle/country house.
  • Birdwatching - All the islands provide good opportunities for birdwatching (updated May 2017)
  • Walking - Rum offers the most serous hillwalking including the Corbetts of the Rum Cuillin, which rise to 812 metres. On Eigg, An Sgurr is a pleasant climb.

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Getting There

By Boat

  • From Mallaig - ferries operated by CalMac run to and between the islands most days, and more frequently in summer.
  • From Arisaig - the MV Sheerwater, a small but comfortable foot passenger ferry with indoor and outdoor seating and a small tuck shop, operated by Arisaig Marine, runs daily from May to September to Eigg, Muck or Rum.

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Getting Around

Visitors are not allowed to bring cars to the islands. There are a few local cars on the islands.
Walking or cycling are the best ways of getting around, bikes may be available for hire locally.

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