Although there are many Islands around the coasline of Scotland, the word usually refers to the Hebridean Islands that are a significant feature of the West coast of Scotland. However there is much cultural diversity between the Inner and Outer Hebridean Islands, Arran, Orkney and Shetland, many of whose inhabitants will descibe their identity in terms of their island rather than their Scottishness. Whether you are looking for ancient cultural attractions, peace and quiet, or just beautiful scenery, the Islands are really at the heart of what Scotland has to offer.
Things to do in Islands
Thought to mean 'Blue Mountain', Blà Bheinn is a magnificent tower of rock that stands as an outlier to the Black Cuillin Ridge. The 8.5km loop trail features a waterfall and requires some scrambling.
Close to the discovery site of the famous Uig chess piece, Uig sands is known for its stretches of flat sands and rolling dunes.
Colonsay House Garden
The Rhododendron and Woodland Garden at Colonsay House is regarded as one of the finest rhododendron gardens in Scotland. The private gardens and cafes at Colonsay House are open from April to September on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-5 pm. In October, the parks and restaurants are available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-4.30pm. The café serves delicious lunches and afternoon teas, everything is cooked on-site, and we use our local produce wherever possible. The entrance to the indoor gardens is charged at £3 per adult and £1 per child.
Kisimul Castle, in English Kisimul Castle, in Scottish Gaelic Caisteal Chiosmuil, is a small castle in the United Kingdom located in Scotland, in the Outer Hebrides.
This historic cave is one of several locations where Robert the Bruce is fabled to have his famous encounter with a spider. In the tale, the 14th Century Scots king sought shelter after another disheartening defeat by the English. Upon seeing a spider attempt to spin his web repeatedly before eventually succeeding, the king felt inspired to fight on – winning independence for Scotland in 1328.
Bird and Nature Watching at Blackwaterfoot
The Isle of Arran is an excellent place for birding, with beautiful species to be sighted year-round. The rich and varied terrain of the island makes it home to over 250 species of bird.
Arran Heritage Museum
The Arran Heritage Museum was founded in 1976 and open to the public since 1979. It is located on our delightful Arran Island, at Rosaburn, on the main road at the north of Brodick.
Brodick Castle was once the ancestral home of the Dukes of Hamilton. Now owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland, the Castle and Gardens are well worth a visit. Brodick Castle is situated just north of Brodick and overlooks Brodick Bay and the Firth of Clyde.