7 of the Best Scottish Islands

It’s no secret that Scotland boasts one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world with breath-taking beaches, historic cities and a whole host of stunning islands. We have rounded up 7 of the best Scottish islands for you to add to your travel bucket list pronto! Warning, this post may induce serious wanderlust…

Holy Isle

Considered by many to be a very spiritual place, Hole Isle is home to the Centre For World Peace and Health but respectful visitors are welcome during the summer months. Located within Lamlash Bay on Arran, the island can be reached by ferry (weather permitting) and visitors can explore the nature reserves and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and wildlife which includes wild Eriskay ponies and Saanen goats.

Best Scottish islands - Holly isle



Located off the Ayrshire coast and reachable by ferry from Largs, Cumbrae is a small island which is home to seaside town Millport and the smallest cathedral in the UK. From watersports to cycling, Cumbrae is the perfect destination for those seeking an active day trip away from the hustle and bustle.


Best Scottish Islands - Isle of Cumbrae.




Peaceful, tranquil and utterly captivating, Harris is the best Scottish island if rest and relaxation are what you are in need of. Located in the Outer Hebrides, Harris is home to gorgeous beaches, traditional industry and spectacular eateries. Harris also borders Lewis meaning that you tick two islands off your bucket list with one trip.

Best Scottish Islands - Seilebost Beach on Harris



As well as stunning landscapes, Skye also boasts some amazing accommodation options so that you can enjoy this beautiful island in style. From the world famous Three Chimneys to the chic and elegant Duisdale Hotel, there are options for every budget and taste.


Best Scottish islands - Black Cuillin on the Hebridean Isle of Skye,



Adjacent to the larger island of Islay, Jura wins a spot on the list of the best Scottish islands owing to its wild landscape and rugged mountains. With attractions including the Jura distillery and mysterious Corryvreckan Whirlpool, Jura is a captivating place that is sure to inspire and intrigue.

Best Scottish Islands - Isle of Jura



A small island in the Inner Hebrides, Iona is only one and a half by three miles long – however, despite its small size, it is sure to linger in your memories with its sandy beaches and tranquil surroundings. Getting to the island can take a little planning as visitor cars are not allowed on the island in order to protect the infrastructure so be sure to keep this in mind!

Best Scottish Islands - Iona,




With dolphin and whale-spotting opportunities, plentiful accommodation and one of Scotland’s prettiest towns – the very colourful Toberymory, Mull has plenty to offer. Home to the gorgeous Calgary Bay and a number of local craftspeople and independent business, Mull is a getaway all the family will be able to enjoy.

Best scottish islands - Loch Na Keal on the Isle of Mull



Laura Coventry