Custom Tour Scottish Islands
Welcome to the Catswhiskerstours guide to the many and varied islands of Scotland!
The islands include the Inner and Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland with each island possessing a unique history and heritage thus offering the visitor a wide range of scenic, cultural, historical and other experiences.
Tell me a little about a Custom Tour of the Scottish Islands.
A listing of the principal islands of Scotland includes Isle of Arran, Isle of Bute, Islay, Jura, Mull, Iona, North and South Uist, Harris, Lewis, Skye, Orkney and the Shetlands. Islands, such as Lewis and Harris, are Gaelic speaking, whilst others such as Arran, Lewis and Orkney are known for their prehistory and stone circles, Islay is known for its whisky and Skye for its scenery. Each of the islands has its own, distinctive appeal.
Tell me more about a Custom Tour of the Scottish Islands
Catshwiskerstours works with guests to design and deliver customised tours. The information below is provided to assist guests with tour planning.
Here is a summary of the features of each of the main Scottish islands:-
- Arran: Often called ‘Scotland in miniature’. Famous for its geology, Brodick Castle and prehistoric standing stones on Machrie Moor.
- Bute: Lies close to Glasgow with visitor attractions including the Victorian Gothic Mount Stuart, Rothesay Castle and Ascog Hall Fernery and Garden.
- Islay: Famous for its whisky and the historic Finlaggan power base of the Lords of the Isles. Whisky brands include Laphroiag, Bowmore, Ardbeg and Bunnahabhain. Visits to the distilleries can be arranged.
- Jura: This is where George Orwell retreated to write ‘1984’. Here is distilled the ‘Jura’ brand of whisky.
- Mull: Known for its colourful harbour town of Tobermory, wildlife, Duart Castle and Clan Maclean, geology and Torosay Castle.
- Iona: Historic religious site where Christianity was introduced to Scotland from Ireland. Famous for its Abbey.
- Staffa: Uninhabited and accessed from Mull or Iona. Its basalt columns are geologically linked to the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. Here is Fingal’s Cave which inspired Mendelssohn’s overture.
- North and South Uist: Sandy beaches, lochs (lakes), small farms (crofts), prehistoric stone circles and Gaelic culture.
- Harris: Sandy beaches, rugged scenery and home of Harris Tweed knitwear.
- Lewis: A strong Gaelic culture combined with traditional farming and extensive history and archaeology. Here are the famous Callanish Stones, an Iron-Age village at Bosta and a restored Blackhouse at Gearrannan.
- Skye: A top visitor attraction offering stunning scenery, Dunvegan Castle, Talisker Distillery, arts and crafts and the Cuillin Mountains.
- Orkney: Thirteen principal islands rich in prehistory and stone circles, the Viking era, wildlife, the outdoors with two whisky distilleries.
- Shetlands: Over 100 rugged and rocky islands with a population proud of its Viking history. Famous for its tree-less scenery. There is a ruined castle at the capital, Lerwick, the famous Jarlshof prehistoric and Norse settlement at Sumburgh and the double skinned Mousa Broch dating from around 100BC-300AD.
How can Catswhiskertours help with a Custom Tour of the Scottish Islands?
- A customised tour for groups including accommodation, if required.
- A self-drive (driving) tour of Scotland with itinerary, lodgings and rental car.
Tip: An interesting tour (lasting approximately one week) is the Outer Hebrides chain. Ferry from Oban ( west coast) and then Barra, South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist, Harris and Lewis returning via Isle of Skye.
For more information on a Custom Tour of Scottish Island Tours contact Nigel:
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T: 44 (0) 141 638 5500
We look forward to hearing from you!
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