Muck is the smallest of four main islands in the Small Isles, part of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. It measures roughly 2.5 miles east to west and has a population of around 40, mostly living near the harbour at Port Mòr. The other settlement on the island is the farm at Gallanach. The island’s only road, about 1.5 miles long, connects the two.
Most of the island is a single farm with the sea as the boundary. Farming here means cattle and sheep, and selling their offspring is the main form of income. Islanders have an important role to play in conserving and enhancing the environment for wildlife.
Ten things you must do on Muck
- Visit beautiful Gallanach Beach, sit and take in the view, build a sand castle or have a paddle or a swim if you fancy it.
- See and hear the seventy or so resident Grey Seals from Gallanach. Look out for interesting bird life while you are there; Gannets give great diving displays and if you are very lucky a visiting Sea-Eagle can be spotted occassionally.
- Visit the Craft shop and Restaurant. It is open part-time from Easter, daily in July and August and closes in Autumn. This is a warm, welcoming place where visitors and locals alike enjoy the delicious home-baking and local seafood used here. Arguably the best in the Small Isles, this is the perfect spot to sit and enjoy a drink and the Muck ambieance! Evening meals are available by booking in advance.
- While in the Craft Shop, listen out for Corncrakes which nest in the long grass and Flag Iris in a nearby field. They are quite rare but at least three pairs have nested here this year.
- Where ever you go on Muck you are never far from the sea. Keep your eyes on the water looking out for dorsal fins; Basking Sharks, Minke Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises and even Orcas are seen in the waters around Muck.
- Pop into the Green Shed and find something special and locally made to take home with you. Rugs made with local wool, soaps and jewellery all made on Muck are here for sale.
- Visit our Community Hall. It is open 24hrs. Whether you are a camper needing a hot shower or a family looking for somewhere to play games on a wet day, this is the place to be. We have an Under 5s Play Session on a Wednesday, a small library and a Heritage Corner. Cellidhs and other events are regularly held throughout the summer. Visitors are always warmly welcomed.
- Climb the Beinn and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views. On a clear day you can often see the large ferry sailing from Oban, past Mull and Coll to Barra in the Outer Hebrides. To the north and west are the mountains of Skye and the mainland.
- Walk through Keil, the cleared village ruins above Port Mòr and try to imagine what life was like here in the past.
- Visit Camus Mòr at low tide. This dramatic stretch of shore has slabs of Jurassic sedimentary limestone visable at low tide. As a result this beach is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Small numbers of Manx Shearwater have been seen nesting here in recent years.
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