Thanks very much Lee, for "Scottish Islands on a Budget". I've read it over and you have some very good tips, especially in regards to transportation. As an American, many of these things I've learned the hard way, if at all! My wife and I are planning trips to the Outer Hebrides, Skye and several other inner Hebrides islands, as well as a repeat trip to Orkney. Your advice will come in handy!
Thanks for the link, which worked perfectly, so I was able to print your excellent guide to my favourite holiday area, and which will save me a lot of research for next year's trip. As a solo pensioner on a tight budget your guide will be invaluable. Keep up the good work
My name is Lee Allen. I started travelling around the Scottish Islands over 15 years ago.
The first Scottish island I ever went to was Arran. It was on a day trip, through the mist and fog, on the daily ferry from Ardrossan situated on the west coast of Scotland. On the way over, whilst holding the outside rail in a bracing wind, I felt a sense of adventure and most of all ... excitement! What is the island going to look like? How will it be different from the mainland? Will there be anything to do?
As I landed at Brodick, on Arran, all my fears were put to rest. Brodick was all I expected it to be and more. From Brodick Castle to the Heritage Museum, to the Walled Garden, I spent an enthralling day on Arran.
This day got me hooked on visiting Scottish Islands and now years later, I still get that sense of excitement approaching an island for the first time. I call it Scottish Island fever.
My ambition is to visit as many Scottish Islands as possible. My current total is just over 70. I'm not too bothered about the size of the island, as I think each island is individual and the smallest island could have more character and individuality than one of the larger islands.
I have created a Twitter account, Pinterest Boards and Google+ account for Love Scottish Islands. I will also be updating these accounts on a regular basis with pictures and video's that are not available on the website.