The Small Isles

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 The Rum Cuillin, and a large cow, seen from a beach on Eigg, one of the Small Isles, Scotland  (Mark David Williams/Shutterstock)

The Rum Cuillin, and a large cow, seen from a beach on Eigg, one of the Small Isles, Scotland (Mark David Williams/Shutterstock)

Looking for some Great British adventure inspiration? You're in the right place. Here you'll get an independent, ad-free lowdown on Britain's top 50 adventure locations - the online yin to the paper yang of our Joyously Busy Great British Adventure Map.

Why Go To The Small Isles?

The Small Isles occupy a special location at the heart of the Inner Hebrides. Just some of things you can do on the Small Isles that you can't do anywhere else...

  • Climb up the impressive Rum Cuillin, the biggest mountains in these parts with great views to the other Small Isles, to Skye and beyond
  • Enjoy the independent community spirit on Eigg, and get a bit envious as you return to the mainland
  • Complete the set with a visit to Canna (very pretty) and Muck (just to say you've been there)

Want to find out more? Read on for great photos, articles, videos, top tips and other content to fire up your adventure appetite. Got a question? Ask away.


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Rum, Eigg, Canna and Muck - worth visiting for their names alone, but also for their wonderfully varied scenery and wildlife.

Rum is the largest, a National Nature Reserve with a cluster of volcanic peaks, Eigg has the most vibrant vibe and some imposingly impressive cliffs, Canna might be the prettiest, run by the National Trust for Scotland, or to use its full name, The National Trust for Scotland for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty.

Muck is the small one, but has the best name. Highest point: Askival (on Rum) 812m.

 
 

Getting there: CalMac ferry from Mallaig goes to all four islands, all year round. 1.5 hrs to Eigg (closest, other isles take longer). In summer months, there’s also a ferry from Arisaig.

Travel times from where you are: See the Small Isles on Google Maps.

Maps: Find the right Ordnance Survey maps and / or get a month's free subscription to their excellent OS Maps app.

Guidebooks: Rough Guide to the Highlands & Islands or theLonely Planet Guide to the Highlands & Islands.

Walking route guidance: WalkingHighlands.

Tourist board: Visit Scotland or Visit Small Isles.


Even More Small Isles Adventure Inspiration

 The Isle of Rum from Glenuig Bay and Loch Ailort on the mainland  (Jan Holm/Shutterstock)

The Isle of Rum from Glenuig Bay and Loch Ailort on the mainland (Jan Holm/Shutterstock)

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Britain's Best Outdoorsy Bits... Mapped!

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