If you ask someone to name the Scottish island, you can bet on the last little drum that will be Skye, which they first mention. However, its popularity has its drawbacks, and the island is packed with Quillin every summer.
It’s a good idea to wait for autumn, when the vast Quillin hills first scatter snow and the landscape becomes rusty.
Hike boots are tied up for a walk on the Trotternish Peninsula, and you’ll walk through the choiring, where ancient landslides formed a landscape of another world, to the top of the rocks of the old man of Stowe.
Please also prepare for the feast. Skye has some of Scotland’s best seafood, served in the cozy Michelin-starred Rock Bay and the famous Three Chimneys.
The Sky Bridge is connected to the mainland. Buses run from Inverness to Kyle of Rocalche and from Glasgow to Wig.
Birdwatching dream Maru is Europe’s densest nesting site for golden eagles and has a high population of white-tailed eagles.
Head to the hills and maximize your chances of finding them. You can also enjoy stunning views of the Hebrides to Quirin Hills on Skye in the north. There are also stunning beaches, thundering Esfoss waterfalls, and the island’s most beautiful town, Toba Molly. Don’t miss the night at the Michelish pub. While listening to live Gaelic music here, there are few places better than by the fire.
The Caledonian McBrain Ferry operates from Oban to Craignure.
The first nip in the air brings a thirst for whiskey that only Scotland can taste. Islay is the perfect island to sink one or three drums. The island, with its nine distilleries, is known for its peat whiskeys such as Laphroaig, Ragavulin and Ardbeg. A trio of famous distilleries along the south coast just outside Port Erin.
You can walk between them and visit the standing stones, the white sands and the ancient fortress of Finlagan, once the island’s lord.
Ferries operate from Kennacraig on the Kintyre Peninsula to Port Askerg and Port Ellen.
The Isle of Arran is one of the easiest islands to access (2 hours commute from Glasgow) and is a great place for young families to get up. Here you’ll find the Oak Lanny Resort with three levels of soft play and a large swimming pool, as well as a family-friendly walking trail, an adventure play park, and Brodick Castle, home to abundant red squirrels. Thanks to the Highland Boundary Fault, which runs across the island like a belt, the landscape of the Highlands and Roland is mixed here, with Gothfell climbing north and Silver Sand roaming south.
Ferries operate from Ardrossan, Tarbert and Campbeltown near Glasgow.
A true escape, Kol is one of the furthest lands in the Hebrides, and there is little to do here other than to enjoy the scenery. And what the landscape is, all the undulating hillocks that lead to creamy white sand undisturbed by the footprints. The real show begins at night, the pitch-black canopy above this designated Dark Sky Island stares down, and the northern lights fall on autumn nights. Due to the very low light pollution (the nearest streetlight is 32 miles away), there is more light pollution in the night sky than most other parts of the UK.
Ferries operate from Oban and Tyrie.
Lewis and Harris
Lewis and Harris, one of the largest and most diverse islands, rather than two, is the largest Outer Hebrides and has many unique attractions. Start in the northern atmospheric swamps, visit the Duncarloway’s Bloch and Callanish stone circles, and then drop your chin on the magnificent white sands that curl on the island’s rocky west coast. Further south, Harris offers Scotland’s most Caribbean-style beaches (Luskentyre, Borve), as well as dramatic hills, protected lakes and modern distilleries. Ferries operate from Urapour to Stonoway.
Far south of the Outer Hebrides, the roses land directly from Glasgow at Beach Airport, offering the opportunity to stop at remote Atlantic islands for a short break. You need to land on the sandy beach of Traigh Mhor (Gaelic for “big beach”) and be based in Castlebay. Here, to my surprise, the castle stands out in the bay. Here you can easily find the beach and enjoy a stroll along the beautiful lowland coast, not to mention the scallop Pakora, the ingenious starter of a local Indian restaurant.
Ferries operate from Oban to Castle Bay.
In Britain, there is no better place to stand in the prehistoric footsteps of the Orkney Islands. Here, you place your palm on the standing stone of the Ring of Brodgar, bow your head into Maes Howe Chambered Cairn, and cross the threshold of the Neolithic house in Skara Brae, a 5,000-year-old settlement. can do. From the Viking heritage to explore to the German Ocean Fleet sunk in Scapa Flow, there are also some of the best wreck diving in the world.
Loganair flights to Kirkwall operate from four Scottish cities. Car ferries are operated by NorthLink Ferries and Pentland Ferries.
Visit for a few days for a walk, porpoise discovery, and draining. It is one of the islands of Slate, the center of Scottish slate industry in the 18th and 19th centuries, and obsolete quarries are excellent draining ponds. The island hosts the World Draining Championships every September (next time on September 25, 2022).
Foot ferry operates from Ellen Avake.
Unst, the northernmost island of the northernmost archipelago, is the northernmost island in Britain, and when you visit it, you can take selfies here and there (post offices, castles). ..
If you go to see seabirds in the Hermaness National Nature Reserve, you may see gannets, seagulls, and guillemots, but aurora is often seen in the fall. Don’t miss the Distillery of Saxavold, home of Shet Laundry Luzin (of course, the northernmost tip of Britain).
NorthLink Ferries operates to Lerwick by bus or ferry, connecting forward at travel.shetland.org.
“Scotland Beyond the Bagpipes” by Helen Ochyra is published by Book Guild for £ 9.99.