The Guide to Scotland's Islands on the West Coast
This guide aims to paint a picture of Scotland’s islands on the west coast in all of its diversity, richness and beauty. It helps you find out what to do, gives you inspiring ideas, picks out the best of culture and events, and encourages you to enjoy the journey. Independently compiled, with the support of CalMac, we hope to reflect the best of what these islands have to offer and encourage you to set off and explore.
CalMac’s ferries are the gateway to the islands of Scotland’s west coast, connecting to, from and between Arran and the Kintyre peninsula in the south to Skye and the Outer Hebrides in the north. The fleet carries passengers, bikes, cars and commercial traffic right through the year as part of Scotland’s public transport network integrated with ports on the mainland. Journeys can be planned and tickets booked online at calmac.co.uk or you can find a handy journey planner at calmac.co.uk/journeyplanner.
What's in the guide?
Exploring one of Europe's richest seascapes, Donald Reid suggests all sorts of ways you can get on the water to appreciate its beauty and challenges.
Scottish seafood has an enviable reputation around the world. Caroline Rye finds out that many are caught and harvested around the western coasts.
The sea lochs, inlets and lochans across the Scottish islands and west coast of Argyll are a haven for wildlife.
Robin Hodge shares his favourite slices of sandy paradise.
Awash with everything from gannets to guillemots, Scotland's islands are a birdwatching heaven. Dr Katherine Jones details where you and your binoculars should be heading.
The seasons may change but that doesn't mean there is ever a bad time to visit Scotland's islands.
...and why he decided to start a music festival on this tiny eco-friendly island.
From Hollywood superstars to the Powell and Pressburger classics... oh and Outlander, of course.
Scotland's whisky-producing islands create the world's most distinguished drams. We look at old favourites and some new revolutionaries.
Skye, Mull and the like get enough attention, some of the west coast islands are just as majestic and should be on your radar.
Whether by foot, bike or seaplane, the islands boast a range of incredible experiences.