This is the second part of my post about my favourite Scottish island locations. Below are six more examples of places within the Scottish islands that have made a lasting impression on me.
St Blane’s Church, Isle of Bute
Located on the southern tip of the Isle of Bute, St Blane’s Church is an incredibly peaceful and picturesque place that seems to have a magical quality that is quite unique. There is about a quarter of a mile hike to get there from the small car park below, but it is well worth the effort. There are spectacular views over to the Isle of Arran and Holy Isle. There are information boards all around the site to help you imagine what life was like there when it was built around the 12th century.
Lochranza, Isle of Arran
Lochranza is on the north-western side of Arran. The village is dominated by Lochranza Castle which is located in an imposing position at the head of Loch Ranza. Lochranza also has the newly built Isle of Arran Distillery as a tourist attraction. The village is often referred to as the prettiest on the Isle of Arran and is only a short 15 mile road journey from the islands main town, Brodick.
Kallin, Isle of Grimsay, Outer Hebrides
The isle of Grimsay sits snugly between Benbecula and North Uist around the middle of the Outer Hebrides. Most visitors to the Outer Hebrides drive past Grimsay on their travels and I think this is a mistake. There are two main villages on Grimsay, Kallin and Baymore. There is a single track road that circles the island and has spectacular views over to the uninhabited island of Ronay.
Rodel, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides
Rodel is a beautiful place tucked right in the south east corner of the Isle of Harris. The picturesque harbour (shown above) is in front of the Rodel Hotel and perched on a large promontory is St Clement’s Church, built around the 15th century and open to the public. Today, the Church is under the care of Historic Scotland.
Mainland Orkney, Orkney Islands
Mainland Orkney is a treasure trove for archaeological enthusiasts with visitor attractions such as Skara Brae (above), Maeshowe and The Ring of Brodgar. That’s without even mentioning the Standing Stones of Stenness and the Tomb of the Eagles along with many more. There are also other great places to visit such as the Churchill Barriers, the Italian Chapel and St Magnus Cathedral. Mainland Orkney really is a fantastic place to visit.
Mainland Shetland, Shetland Islands
Shetland really is a beautiful place. The people are incredibly friendly and there is a real warmth of welcome for all visitors. Making the trip to Shetland is well worth it. For wildlife watchers there is the chance to see whales and porpoises and to catch up with the elusive otter. Also, Shetland has some of the biggest seabird colonies in the UK – with the nearby island of Noss sometimes referred to as ‘Seabird City’.
These places are special to me and although they are currently in my top 10 favourite island locations now, I’ll keep visiting new islands or finding other parts of islands I’ve visited in the hope of improving this list. But it’s going to be hard!
Missed part 1? – Favourite Scottish island locations Part 1