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Scottish Islands

Scottish Islands cottages

Visit the Scottish Islands

Experience unspoilt beaches, towering mountains and a unique culture on a visit to the Scottish Islands. There are almost 800 islands around Scotland to explore – stretching from Arran in the south to Unst in the Shetland Isles to the north – and less than 100 are inhabited. You can find magic and mystery in equal measure on Scotland's islands, whether you stay on just one or choose to island-hop. Divided into four main groups – Shetland, Orkney, the Inner Hebrides and the Outer Hebrides (or the Western Isles), plus Arran and Bute – you’ll find each Scottish island to be completely different from the rest, but all with a slower pace of life that’s the perfect antidote to the everyday.

Guide to the Isle of Arran

Home to an abundance of nature, majestic scenery and just 35 miles from Glasgow, The Isle of Arran is a Scottish Island well worth exploring. If you're looking for a remote retreat, this island is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

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Guide to the Isle of Harris

The Isle of Harris is a wonderful choice for a holiday adventure and there are plenty of walking routes you can discover, dramatic ruins and the chance to enjoy water sports too! Read our guide to the Isle of Harris to find out more about this wonderful Scottish Island.

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Guide to the Isle of Skye

Soaring mountains, crashing waterfalls and blazing sunsets - here's what you can expect on a visit to the Isle of Skye. Read on to discover everything about this magical island.

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Scottish islands: A visitor’s paradise

The furthest north of the Scottish islands, Shetland is between Scotland and Scandinavia, and the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, and is ideal for those looking for wild and rugged landscapes and a varied natural environment – including the famous Shetland ponies. History lovers will enjoy visiting Orkney’s abundance of prehistoric sites, while thrill-seekers can dive for relics in the island’s clear waters. Discover the Inner Hebrides’ breathtaking coastal scenery or follow a whisky trail to enjoy a true taste of the islands’ history and heritage. Experience the peace and quiet of the Outer Hebrides’ unspoilt white beaches and moorland landscapes and listen to the Gaelic that’s widely spoken on the islands. Or visit the isles of Arran and Bute, each just a short boat ride away from the mainland across the Firth of Clyde, where you’ll find varied landscapes and plenty of outdoor pursuits. These are some of the best Scottish islands to visit and they are the best places to learn all about rural and remote Scottish culture. 

Take a look at our fantastic selection of holiday cottages in on the Scottish Islands that are perfect for your getaway to the Scottish isles.

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