The Old Man of Storr
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5 Scottish Islands You Must Visit

The Scottish Islands are incredibly beautiful, home to stunning landscapes, rich history and unique charm, and we have rounded up five of our favorites that we would absolutely recommend you visit. What's more, with Brightwater, you can...

The Isle of Skye

One of our favorite places in the country, the magnificent Isle of Skye is home to the geological wonder that is the Old Man of Storr, picturesque fishing villages with brightly colored houses and the much-photographed Fairy Pools. This island is the largest in the Inner Hebrides archipelago at 50 miles long and it's also a fantastic destination in which to observe wildlife.

Click here to view the itinerary for our new Highland Explorer: Skye & the Far North tour.

The Island of Mull

Mull is an absolute paradise for birdwatchers and one of the best places in Scotland to see big raptors such as the Golden Eagle and White Tailed Sea Eagle. The scarce Black Throated Diver and the noisy Red Throated Diver can also be spotted on sea lochs. It is also a place of tumbling burns, high peaks, dramatic views and a silent, lonely beauty.

Click here to view the itinerary for our Mull Wildlife tour or our Mull, Staffa & Iona trip.

The Island of Gigha

Situated off the west coast of Kintyre in Scotland, Gigha (pronounced geeha) is a unique place to explore. It has only one village, Ardminish, which is home to a pier, post office and a shop. It is just seven miles long by a mile and a half wide, and it has been community-owned since 2002. There's an optional excursion to Gigha as part of our holiday below.

Click here to view our Arran, Scotland in Miniature tour that offers an excursion to Gigha.

The Island of Coll

The small Hebridean island of Coll is a delight to discover. Its beaches have white, sparkling sands, the wildlife is abundant and the stars will shine brighter than you could ever imagine thanks to the dark, clear skies. Part of the island is an RPSB reserve and it also boasts some of the longest sunshine hours in the UK.

Click here to view our Coll & Tiree tour.

The Isle of Islay

This fantastic part of Scotland is known for its distinctive malt whiskies, its sandy beaches and diverse birdlife. During your time here, why not visit the Bowmore Distillery (the island's oldest – there are nine to be found here) and Loch Gruinart RSPB Nature Reserve, which is home to many bird species.

Click here to view our wonderful Islay and Jura holiday.

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5 Scottish Islands You Must Visit was published on 12 August 2020