People in Scotland’s Islands never stop enjoying and celebrating their heritage and their life – and if you’re just discovering this beautiful country and its friendly people, then you are in for a real treat!
As you may know, Scotland is more than just Edinburgh and Glasgow. It has lots of islands with plenty to offer. Scotland’s islands are welcoming places, well-provided with good quality accommodation, up to the minute telecommunications and clear roads. Visitors can sleep comfortably, eat and drink well, keep in touch with friends, family and work and get around with ease!
There is a wonderful diversity of culture special to each island group, typified by the most delectable food; an extraordinary talent for traditional and modern music and dance; breath-taking scenery; a fabulous diversity of wild-life; a variety of languages and dialects (though English is spoken throughout) and a colourful and sometimes tragic history shared with many inhabitants of far-flung places in the world.
You can find and visit the bustling island regions of Argyll and Bute, Highland, North Ayrshire, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar) and Shetland. There has never been a better time for you to visit Scotland’s islands, to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and unspoilt beaches, to get close to dramatic wild-life, learn about our heritage, participate in a great range of activities, and enjoy our music, food and drink.
All this on some of the 99 inhabited islands large and small (and many more uninhabited) accessible by sea and air in six regions: Argyll & Bute, Highland, North Ayrshire, Orkney, Outer Hebrides and Shetland.