The Scottish Islands include the Shetlands, Orkneys and the Inner and Outer Hebrides, all adding up to over 900 islands off the coast of Scotland. While there’s a lot of variety among them, most share the iconic stark beauty of the mainland, with bare rock and rugged heaths on full display.

    Among the stars of the selection are Skye, Mull, Arran, Lewis and Stromness. Each is home to an especially hardy population settled in an especially striking landscape. It’s not just natural scenery you get to enjoy, though – there’s both ancient history and even modern innovation to discover on the Scottish Islands.

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    • Isle of Skye

      The Isle of Skye is a place of brooding beauty where epic natural vistas and a proud history combine. The largest island of the Inner Hebrides, Skye is located just off the north-western coast of Scotland. Days are spent exploring castle ruins, touring world-renowned whisky distilleries, and sampling fantastic Scottish cuisine. As the island has grown in popularity, the main town of Portree has grown from a sheltered fishing village into a charming tourist centre.

      Hikers and lovers of the outdoors are spoilt for choice thanks to the dramatic coastal walks and peculiar mountain ranges covering most of the island. Don’t miss the iconic rock formations of the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing – and bring your camera to capture the views for posterity.

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