Isle of Eigg - An Sgurr

Isle of Eigg – An Sgurr

How do I get to Eigg?   There is a Caledonian Macbrayne passenger Ferry from Mallaig on the west coast of Scotland to Eigg, but this doesn’t run every day.  Also, AquaExplore run fast R.I.B’s (Rigid Inflatable Boats) from Elgol on Skye on a daily basis, mainly in the summer months.  Finally, Arisaig Marine run a scheduled ferry service to Eigg during the summer months.  To travel throughout Scotland and the UK, you can book your tickets through The Trainline.


How do I get around Eigg?  On foot!  All the Small Isles ferries are passenger only as there are very few roads on the Small Isles.  You can also hire Cycles direct from near the Tea Room, next to the Pier.


What’s worth visiting on Eigg?  Climbing the summit of An Sgurr with wonderful views over to Muck and Rum.  The beach at Cleadale is commonly known as the ‘singing sands’.  This is because of the noise that the quartz makes underfoot when it is walked upon, but only when it is dry.  A place with a rather chilling history is Massacre Cave, where nearly the entire population of Eigg were kiled in a feud with the McLeods of Skye.  A fire was set outside the cave and nearly everyone inside was asphyxiated, resulting in the loss of 395 lives.


Where can I stay on Eigg?  Glebe Barn is available for up to 24 guests.  Lageorna is a 4 star Restaurant with Rooms.  The Smiddy and Clanranald Cottage are both self-catering properties.  Tigh Sithean provides Bed and Breakfast accommodation.  There is also a Bothy and camping is available on Eigg.


Any other information on Eigg?  In 1997 the Islanders of Eigg set up a Trust with the assistance of The Highland Council, The Scottish Wildlife Trust and The National Lottery to buy the Island. This community buy-out is detailed in Alastair McIntosh’s book Soil and Soul: People Versus Corporate Power published in 2001.


Other islands around Skye (including Skye): Canna, Eigg, Muck, Raasay, Rona, Rum, and Summer Isles



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