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...

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  • 10 Best Restaurants on the Isle of Skye

    Dining at the best restaurants on the Isle of Skye is a must-do for any traveller. With its unique combination of locally sourced ingredients and beautiful landscapes, the island offers a wide range of cuisine. Expect traditional Scottish dishes and Michelin-standard plates prepared with seasonal produce.  Whether you're looking for stunning views of the Cuillin Ranges or an opportunity to sample...

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