Scottish islands each have a unique character, meaning there is something for everyone. The main islands which are best suited for touring are the Inner & Outer Hebrides in the west of Scotland and Orkney & Shetlands in the north.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Isle of Skye, with its stunning landscapes, rural distillery and gourmet offerings is a must-see
  • The Orkney Islands have many remnants of ancient civilisations, perfect for any history lovers!
  • Although on the mainland, the steam train journey from Fort William to Mallaig is one of the world's most iconic train routes. From Mallaig it is a short ferry ride to the Isle of Skye

Our guide to holidays in The Scottish Islands

The route to the islands, meandering between Fort William and Mallaig, is a stretch of road which you will see some of the most spectacular scenery in the world - from sandy beaches to dramatic hills - green woodlands, heather moors, unforgettable sea views with magnificent sunsets over the Isles of Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna, Skye and the remote wilderness of Knoydart. The steam train journey from Fort William to Mallaig is a must do for all in the area, especially Harry Potter fans as the train journeys over the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

The Isle of Skye, is an area not to be missed as it is filled with jagged mountains, picturesque lochs and towering sea cliffs. Wildlife watching is in abundance here with eagles, otters, and dolphins to name but a few! There are many great walks on Skye to be enjoyed, our favourite being a walk to the foot of the mountains to a magical location known locally as the 'Fairy Pools'. You hike alongside a crystal clear stream with lots of tumbling waterfalls, before eventually reaching the pools, which boast an enchanting underwater arch, as well as spectacular mountain and sea views.

Also in the Inner Hebrides is Iona, a tiny island - only three and a half miles long by one and a half across. Low craggy hills overlook the narrow sandy beaches and small coves of the east coast. At the southernmost tip of the island is the rocky inlet where St. Columba disembarked from his coracle. The Isle of Mull, the Hebrides largest island is one of best places in Europe to see the Golden Eagle and White Tailed Sea Eagle, especially when you are pointed in the right direction by one of our experienced local guides.

A historic link to the remote islands of St Kilda has been restored, with the launch of a new service from the Isle of Skye which takes just over 4 hours. St Kilda lies more than 40 miles west of the Outer Hebrides. The archipelago was awarded dual World Heritage Site status by Unesco in recognition of its natural and cultural importance. Great for whale watching and twitchers!

North of Scotland is Orkney, a cluster of 70 islands filled with wild and rugged Neolithic archaeological sites.


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