I´ve been thinking recently about where my favourite Scottish island locations are. Not specifically an island, although sometimes this is the case (see Isles of Fetlar and Eriskay), but actual places on the island. Below is the first part of this article outlining my 10 favourite Scottish island locations:
Portnahaven is an incredibly beautiful village on the western tip of the Isle of Islay. The whitewashed houses and cottages hug the coastline and give the village a Mediterranean feel. One of the most beautiful spots in all the islands I have visited.
The road to Lochbuie is stunning. It´s single track, but there is hardly any traffic and it´s well worth a detour from the traditional road through to the Isle of Iona. Towards the end of the road is the Stone Circle above. It´s about a mile to walk to it, but it´s well worth the effort.
One of the nicest villages on the Orkney Islands, Pierowall is the biggest village on the Isle of Westray. It is in a stunning location, with views over to nearby Papa Westray. A must on any visit to the Orkney Islands. It is also possible to take the world’s shortest scheduled flight from here. the flight goes to the neighbouring island of Papa Westray and only takes 2 minutes!
The Isle of Eriskay is the jewel in the Hebridean crown. It is a stunning little island, that can sometimes be overlooked if you catch the ferry from South Uist to Barra. Instead carry on to Eriskay and catch the ferry from here. The island has Caribbean like beaches and a friendly atmosphere and is one of the most beautiful islands I´ve visited.
Another island that is often overlooked on the trek up to the northernmost points of the UK, Fetlar is well worth a detour. There is a fascinating Interpretive Centre that explains the island history in great detail and the island retains a special charm that will stay with you and make you determined to visit again as soon as you can.
Please read the second part of my favourite Scottish Island locations.