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Prettiest tiny Scottish islands laid bare – check out the full list



Did you know that Scotland has almost 800 islands?

Some of the tiny islets are known for their absolutely stunning Barbados-esque beaches and lush, green rolling landscapes.

But as there are so many of them it might be difficult to pick out which actually to make the effort to visit – and getting to them can be tricky.

Now, however, The Scottish Sun’s travel editor Heather Lowrie, has revealed a list of her favourite.

Here takes a look at each of the islands which have made her rundown. Under each island, we’ve also included a review from Tripadvisor or Google or a quote written by those who have also made the journey.

Isle of Erraid

The tiny Hebridean Isle of Erraid is just a mile square in size and it’s linked to the mainland via sand. The first archaeological evidence of habitation on Erraid dates from 300 AD.

By the mid-1800’s the only building on the island was a croft, inhabited by one family, earning their living through fishing. Now the little isle is home to a small group of members of the Findhorn Foundation – which says it’s a “spiritual community and model for sustainable living.”

One Tripadvisor user said: “I just re-visited Erraid, where I lived in 1979 for a year! It is a magical island and is much the same. It is quiet, rugged, peaceful with breathless views.”


Davaar Island is located at the mouth of Campbeltown Loch off the east coast of Kintyre, in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It is a tidal island and it’s linked to the mainland by a natural shingle causeway. Davaar is part of Kildalloig Estate – a 4000-acre working hill farm.

One Tripadvisor user said: “Davaar Island, its wonderful accommodation and friendly hosts, and the stunning scenery combine to provide the most amazing and relaxing break you might ever experience.”

Inchmurrin island

Inchmurrin is an island in Loch Lomond in Scotland – and is the largest freshwater island in the British Isles. Hidden Scotland – a Scottish tourism site – explains more.

It said: “Inchmurrin is an idyllic and peaceful inland island in Loch Lomond.

“This 113-hectare island is also the largest inland island in Britain with some fascinating history, including memorable people visiting the island including Mary Queen of Scots and Robert the Bruce.”


Foula – located in the Shetland archipelago of Scotland – is one of the UK’s most remote permanently inhabited islands.

Since the turn of the 20th century by the Holbourn family, the island was the location for the film The Edge of the World (1937).

Travel writer Robin McKelvie spoke about his visit: “Have you ever yearned to journey to the edge of the world? Well then how about sailing, or hopping on a short plane ride, to the island at the edge of the world?

“That isle is Foula, the most remote inhabited island in the British Isles and one of the most beguiling and fascinating places I’ve ever been as a travel writer who has had the privilege to visit over 100 countries.”

The Isle of Seil

Seil is one of the Slate Islands, located on the east side of the Firth of Lorn and is seven miles southwest of Oban, in Scotland.

Seil has been linked to the mainland by bridge since the late 18th century.

Visit Scotland – a Scottish tourism site – explains more.

It said: “Seil is separated from the mainland only by the thinnest of sea channels which is spanned by the elegant 18th century humpback Clachan Bridge, popularly known as the ‘Bridge over the Atlantic’.

“The island’s main village, Ellenabeich, comprises neat white terraces of workers cottages crouching below black cliffs on the westernmost tip of the island. “


Coll is an island located west of the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. It’s known for its sandy beaches and stunning sand dunes. It’s also known for its corncrakes and for Breacachadh Castle.

Website The Chaotic Scot – – revealed more.

It said: “Coll is something special. Super-friendly locals, inspiring developments, amazing food and amenities, and beyond beautiful island scenery; it’s an island that doesn’t do things by halves.”

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