All Places in Inner Hebrides
- Canna is the westernmost of the Small Isles archipelago, in the Inner Hebrides. It is linked to the neighbouring island of Sanday by a road and sandbanks at low tide. The island is 6.9 km (4.3 miles) long and 1.6 km (1 mile) wide. The island is managed by the National Trust for Scotland.
- Gylen Castle is a ruined castle, or tower house, on a rocky ridge at the south end of the island of Kerrera. The castle was built in 1582 by the Clan MacDougall. The castle was only occupied for a relatively short time as it was besieged then burned by the Covenanters under General Leslie in 1647 during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms.
- Dunvegan Castle is a preserved castle on a rocky promontory on the shores of Loch Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye. The seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod clan chief, it is the oldest castle in Scotland to be continuously inhabited and has been the MacLeod family home for 800 years. Visitors to the castle today can tour the castle and estate, as well as stroll through the 5 acres of castle gardens, take a boat trip on Loch Dunvegan or get lost in the maze of the Dunvegan Cup. The castle is open from the end of March to October and has many additional attractions such as a café and gift shop as well as being a wedding venue and offering self-catering accommodation in its estate cottages.
- Port Ellen is the largest town on the Isle of Islay and offers two sandy beaches either side of the rocky outcrop Rhuba Glas which is the harbour. The beaches are within the main town on Islay and so lots of facilities are available and just a short walk from the ferries.
- Bay at the Back of the Ocean beach is a sheltered cove with wide sandy beach. It is home to the Spouting Cave, a natural phenomenon. At low to medium tide, with a good swell and a north westerly breeze, a fountain of spray bursts above the cliff. The name “Bay at the Back of the Ocean” comes from the translation for “Camas Cuil an t-Saimh“. If you wanted to travel West your next stop would be North America.
- The Quiraing is a landslip found on the eastern side of Meall na Suiramach which is on Trotternish Ridge on the Isle of Skye. The escarpment of Trotternish Ridge was formed by a series of landslips and the Quiraing is the only part of the slip which moves. This means that the road, which runs around the base of the mountain, has to be repaired every year. Quiraing comes from Old Norse and means ‘round fold’. Within the fold of the Quiraing is The Table, which is a plateau hidden among pillars. Spectacular views from the Quiraing attract many hill walkers – download a map of the walk here www.walkhighlands.co.uk
- Bac Mòr is a Scottish island, one of the Treshnish Isles that is sometimes referred to as The Dutchman’s Cap due to its shape. The Treshnish Isles are uninhabited and are owned by The Hebridean Trust charity. They are designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area due to their importance for breeding seabirds. There are also a number of wildflowers there.
- Duntulm Castle is a ruin near the hamlet of Duntulm on the north coast of Trotternish on the Isle of Skye. Built in the 14th and 15th centuries, the castle was first the seat of the Macleod clan and then passed, most likely by force, to the MacDonald clan. Duntulm Castle was abandoned in 1732 when the then Macdonald clan chief built a new property 5 miles away and used much of the castle’s stone for building material. Much of the castle is in a poor condition and stones do continue to crumble away. You can walk along the coastal path to the castle ruins but several signs will advise you that exploring the ruins is at your own risk due to unsecured masonry.
- The imposing Celtic cross memorial to Flora MacDonald can be found in Kilmuir Cemetery, on the Trotternish peninsula in the north of the Isle of Skye. The graveyard lies adjacent to the Skye Museum of Island Life Flora MacDonald was buried in 1790 and was famously known as the ‘Preserver of Prince Charles Edward Stuart’ or Bonnie Prince Charlie. She was immortalised in the Skye Boat Song, after helping the prince escape from Uist to Skye following his army’s defeat at the Battle of Culloden. There is a small car park attached to the graveyard behind the museum.
- Carsaig Arches are natural arch cliff formations the result of the erosion of oolitic rock beds on the Ross of Mull in the south of the island of Mull. Whilst you are walking look out for goats, eagles and, in spring, nesting kittiwakes and fulmars. This is a good but hard walk from Carsaig Bay and involves about 6 km (each way) of walking. Most of the way you will follow a nice path below the cliffs that then takes you over some steep and rocky slopes. The route from the first arch to the second arch is along a goat track with vertical drops and so most people just settle with the first.