Scottish Islands

Whether you’re planning to island hop or explore one Scottish Island, prepare yourself for the ultimate memorable holiday experience.

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Hundreds of islands surround the north and west coast of Scotland, many of which like the Orkneys and Shetland are rich in ancient sites and heritage, evident across the wealth of archaeological sites and standing stones across the islands.

Most of the larger Scottish Islands including Shetland, Orkney, Outer Hebridean island Lewis, Islay and even little Colonsay have airports or airstrips, making it easy to hop across from the mainland (some flights to the islands are available from both Edinburgh and Glasgow Airports). It’s easy to Island Hop too with reliable ferry services which attract many visitors particularly across peak season from April to October.

Rich in wildlife, the Scottish Islands are a haven for birdwatchers and wildlife watching holidays. Head to the Shetland Islands and the Orkneys, a magical wildlife sanctuaries facing the full on force of the Atlantic and serving as important stopping off points for thousands of breeding birds nesting on craggy cliffs from puffins and kittiwakes to migratory geese and waders.

From the great sweeping sandy beach bays of Harris to the mountainous interior and great coastal rock formations of the Misty Isle of Skye, the landscapes of the Scottish Islands are a scene to be experienced.

Scottish Islands outdoor pursuits are varied and extensive, featuring everything from great surfing on exposed island beaches to island lochs popular for trout fishing and a fantastic choice of golf courses on the Isle of Arran. Many of the islands are a gateway to hundreds of smaller unpopulated islands famed for their seabird colonies and seal/whale spotting. Coastal walking, birdwatching and wildlife spotting are popular across all the islands from best birdwatching at South Shetland’s Sumburgh Head RSPB to whale and dolphin watching boat trips from Sleat on the Isle of Skye.

Whether you’re planning to island hop or explore one Scottish Island, prepare yourself for the ultimate memorable holiday experience. The larger islands all boast a choice of main town B&Bs and small hotels in the larger settlements or more remote crofting cottages if you want to get away from it all. Expect to sample some of Scotland’s finest seafood whilst on the Isle and a range of fine local food and drink.

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Weather in Scottish Islands

June, July and August are normally the warmest months in Scotland, with average maximum temperatures ranging from approximately 15°C (59°F) to 17°C (63 °F)

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Skeabost Hotel – Portree

Skeabost Hotel stands within large private grounds at the edge of Loch Snizort and based only five minutes away from Portree. The Hotel is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding Scottish Highlands and visiting the many local attractions.