Mingulay bay, Mingulay

Mingulay bay, Mingulay


How do I get to Mingulay?   Mingulay is one of the Bishop’s Isles and is situated at the extreme southern end of the Outer Hebrides.  Barra Fishing Charters offer trips to Mingulay from may until the end of September.  Also, Clearwater Paddling offer a trip around Mingulay as part of their sea-kayaking tour around Barra. (The Magic of Barra Mix).  There are no direct flights or ferries to Mingulay, however, you can fly to Barra with Flybe from Belfast, Benbecula, Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Kirkwall, Manchester, Southampton and Stornoway.  Most of these flights are via Glasgow or Benbecula.  The Caledonian Macbrayne Car Ferry leaves from Oban on the west coast of Scotland on a daily basis.  There is also a Car Ferry available from Eriskay, in the Outer Hebrides, which leaves five times a day in the summer.


How do I get around Mingulay?   Once on Mingulay, you can explore this fascinating island on foot.  Alternatively, take a boat trip around the island to see the seabird colonies and skyscraper-like cliffs.


What’s worth visiting on Mingulay?  There are the remains of an Iron Age Fort on Mingulay. There is one large beach on the eastern side of Mingulay where the only settlement of note (The Village) was located and a tiny cove at Skipsdale.  Only two buildings survive on the island – the School House and the Chapel House.  Mingulay is also known for its important seabird populations, including Puffins, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and Razorbills, which nest in the sea-cliffs, amongst the highest in the British Isles.


Where can I stay on Mingulay?  There is no accommodation available on Mingulay.  The island is now uninhabited.  Accommodation is available on nearby Barra and Vatersay


Any other information on Mingulay?  The island was evacuated in 1912.  It is also associated with the Mingulay Boat Song, although that was composed in 1938, following Mingulay’s abandonment.


Other islands in Outer Hebrides: See pages for Baleshare, Barra, Benbecula, Berneray, Eriskay, GrimsayHarris, Lewis, North Uist, South Uist, Taransay, Vatersay


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