The Small Isles

Welcome to The Small Isles of Eigg, Rum, Muck and Canna, situated in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.  Each island has its own – very different – landscape, culture, history and way of life.  Our website aims to bring these four extraordinary islands together.  We hope by discovering one, you will discover them all.

All of the Small Isles offer superb walking with fabulous vistas. Mountain bikes are another great way of exploring the islands. Kayaking in the crystalline waters around the Small Isles will reward you with equally magnificent views, Coll and Tiree to the south, the Outer Hebrides to the West and Skye to the north. And if you are looking for marine mammals, you will not be disappointing, as each summer sees the return of porpoises, dolphins, Minke whales and Basking sharks around the Small Isles.

Discover how the ancient volcanoes of Rum created An Sgurr, the distinctive towering landmark of Eigg, how Compass Hill got is name on Canna and what makes Muck the most fertile of all four islands.

Children will love the friendly farm animals on Muck whilst ranger activities on Rum, Eigg and Canna are some of the way you can explore the islands further. Seeing the Golden Eagle soar above the Eigg moor lochs, hearing the haunting sound of hundreds of Shearwater returning to their nest at night on Rum, gazing at the colour spectacle of puffins flying from the Sanday cliffs on Canna count amongst the Small Isles memorable wildlife experiences, not to forget the deer rut on Rum which have featured prominently on the BBC Autumn Watch.

Wind the clock back to Edwardian splendour in Rum’s Kinloch Castle, once the retreat of the rich industrial elite, or to the everyday life of a crofting family at Taigh Iain Dhonnachaidh, Eigg’s crofting museum in Cleadale. Discover how Canna House, the home of folklore collectors John Lorne Campbell and Margaret Fay Shaw, became the centre of a Hebridean cultural and literary hub.

If you stay for a longer holiday, there are also art and crafts or sporting activities to engage in. But no matter how long your stay is, home grown produce also means that on each island, there is a variety delicious local food to sample in the Small Isles cafes and restaurants. And whether you are looking for a painting of the island scenery, a hand knitted shawl, or a special souvenir, the islands craftshops will have something unique and handmade to take back from your visit.

The Small Isles are designated as one of Scotland’s National Scenic Areas, with each island boasting many Sites of Special Scientific Interest. The Isle of Rum is a National Nature Reserve and the Isle of Canna a Special Protection Area (SPA) for its seabirds.  The islands are known for their rich archeological heritage and their geology; the Small Isles are part of the Lochaber Geopark.

Whether you explore them one at a time or you choose to island hop, each of the Small Isles will reward you with a unique island experience whatever the season.

We’re adding content to our website all the time, so if what you need isn’t there yet, bear with us.  Or get in touch, and tell us what you would find useful on the website.

  • Isle of Eigg: Community owned, Eigg is the most populated with around 100 residents.
  • Isle of Muck: Owned by the McEwen family for more than 100 years, Muck is the smallest of the group and has a population of around 40.
  • Isle of Rum: Rum, the largest island, is part owned by the 45-strong community who live there and by Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Isle of Canna: Owned by The National Trust for Scotland, Canna is the furthest outlying island and has a population of 12.

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