Three years ago I made a pact with myself to try and visit all of the Scottish Islands and explore as much of this country as I possibly could. As I am a visual artist and photographer whose work is directly influenced by the more remote areas of Scotland and the stunning mountain ranges we have it wasn't going to be much of a hard challenge for me to start exploring!
And so to date I've nearly reached my goal!
I'm a massive fan of the wonderful and varied Islands we have here in Scotland and so I'm going to share with you my personal top 5 for my first discussion post. 1: Isle of Eigg:
One of Scotland's small Isles that lies off the West Coast near Mallaig and looks over to the Isle of Skye. A lot less documented but so wild and a very special place because of the people (the community famously bought out the Island in 1997) and the rich culture, heritage and amazing unspoilt hiking to the Sgurr, Laig Beach, Grulin, Kildonans Cave and many more! 2: Isle of Colonsay:
jewel in the ocean. The Isle of Colonsay is one of Scotland's Inner Hebrides located north of Islay and South of Mull. Famous for it's beaches and incredible unspoilt rich landscapes. Must see's are Kiloran Bay, the long but worthwhile hike to Balnahard Bay at the North of the Island, the rich geology, wildlife and so much more!3: The Archipleago of St Kilda:
Unbelievable. These Islands are located 40 miles off the Western Isles of Scotland and are famously difficult to get out to. I was very lucky and after 2 failed attempts at trying to reach St Kilda I finally ventured out there the summer of last year with Sea Harris. Nothing prepares you for the atmosphere or rich history that is so deeply felt there. We spent the whole day on the Island and then the evening circling the infamous stacs of Stac Lee and Stac An Armin (the tallest sea stacs in the UK) St Kilda is world renowned and you have to see it to believe it, if you get a chance to go you definitely should! 4: The Isle of Jura:
The Isle of Jura is also one of Scotland's Inner Hebrides and is a remarkably mountainous
remote Island. The 200 locals are immeasurably outnumbered by deer and it's almost inevitable you will run into one on the Island. I spent a few days there hiking in the wilderness, tasting the infamous Jura Malt Whisky, staying in Craighouse and ambling over the Paps Of Jura, the stunning mountain range! 5: Shetland:
I have so much to say about Shetland as I've spent a lot of time on the mainland of Shetland and around all of it's stunning unique Islands. I spent the summer of 2014 circling the Shetland Islands on a boat which was an incredible experience in itself. My favourite places to visit are the Islands of Papa Stour, Fetlar, Foula and on the mainland; Sumburgh Head, Eshaness Cliffs and Silwick. I cannot wait to go back up to visit Fair Isle! It's a land very much connected to it's Viking past and rich Scandinavian ties, I would recommend a couple of weeks there to see the Islands too!
I could ramble on for days about my experiences on these Islands but thought I'd tell you my favourite spots to see so you can get a sense of some of the incredible locations these Islands offer.
All of my photos from my trips to these specific Islands and more are on my;
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What are all of your favourite Islands and why? Would love to hear about your adventures!