The Isle of Gigha
The community-owned Isle of Gigha is the most southerly and one of the most beautiful of the Hebridean Islands. Seven miles long by a mile and a half wide, Gigha is situated three miles west of the Kintyre peninsula.
Gigha is captivating – small in size but crammed full of possibility, with sandy beaches and clear turquoise seas, stunning views and amazing sunsets, and many archaeological and historic sites to be discovered. Whatever the time of year you can immerse yourself in the colours of Achamore Gardens as well as seeing a plentiful variety of wildlife and birdlife. You can explore the island at leisure by foot or bike, making use of our extensive path network guiding you to all of the best sites on the island.
With a variety of nearby accommodation options, restaurants serving the freshest local seafood, and attractions to please everyone, Gigha offers the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and you will receive the warmest of welcomes.
Since the community buyout in 2002 the island has gone from strength to strength with a growing population and a sustainable local economy.
Islay is an island off the west coast of Scotland, some 30 miles north of Northern Ireland.
The island is famous for its whisky distilleries, amazing wildlife, beautiful beaches, lovely villages and welcoming locals, known as Ileachs.
Currently around 3,000 folk live on the island, a small percentage still speak the Gaelic language.
The Isle of Mull
The Isle of Mull or just Mull is the second-largest island of the Inner Hebrides and lies off the west coast of Scotland in the council area of Argyll and Bute.
Covering 875.35 square kilometres, Mull is the fourth-largest island in Scotland and Great Britain.
Things to do and attractions on the Isle of Mull are numerous and can’t all be listed below. Walking, golf, cycling, boat trips, historic and cultural, scenery, Mull has it all.
Mull has some of the most fabulous beaches in the UK and you can probably have them all to yourself!
The main attraction though is Mull wildlife. This aspect is ‘World class’ and has become well known through Springwatch and the wildlife photographer from Tobermory, Gordon Buchannan.
The Isle of Mull has earned an enviable reputation as the premier wildlife tourism destination in the UK. Thousands of birdwatchers and wildlife lovers flock to Mull every year hoping to catch a glimpse of the celebrated birds and animals.
Bird Watching Magazine recently referred to Mull as 'Eagle Island' . Mull is the best place in the UK to see White-tailed and Golden Eagles.
The elusive Eurasian Otter can be seen in various locations on the island.
Ailsa Craig, granite islet, is an uninhabited island at the mouth of the Firth of Clyde and 10 miles (16 km) off the coast of South Ayrshire.
It is nicknamed “Paddy’s Milestone” for its location halfway between Glasgow and Belfast. The name Ailsa Craig is thought to derive from Gaelic words meaning “Fairy Rock.”
It is about 0.75 mile (1.2 km) long and 0.5 mile (0.8 km) wide, Ailsa Craig rises steeply to an elevation of 1,114 feet (340 metres) and is accessible only on the eastern side. Its rock has been used to make olympic curling stones (used in the Celtic sport, and hence known as “Ailsas”) as well as paving stones. Some scanty grass supports goats and rabbits. The precipices have large breeding colonies of gannets and other seabirds.