Visiting the Summer Isles: a guide

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By the romantically rugged northwest coast of Scotland, a mostly uninhabited archipelago of dramatic islands known as the Summer Isles makes for a breathtaking view. So named because of its historic links with seasonal sheep grazing, the area is home to one of the wildest stretches of coastline in Britain, and is perfect for those seeking a true escape; seals, otters and porpoises are all known to frequent the area, which produces some of the finest scallops and smoked fish in Scotland. Even whales can be spotted if you’re lucky.

The remoteness of the location only serves to truly capture its remarkable beauty, largely untouched by tourism. For those looking for a true adventure in a tranquil setting, nowhere is better than the Scottish Highlands, and the Summer Isles and surrounding mainland in particular is known for providing a truly inspiring experience.

Cliffs, caves and beaches are wonderful to explore for the hiker or dog walker, but also provide opportunities for sea kayaking, boat trips and cycling for the more active visitors. There’s even idyllic white sand beaches at Achmelvich and Clashnessie, and a wealth of photo opportunities for those with an artistic streak, with stunning and unusual rock formations.

A local cruise boat takes passengers on an impressive tour around the isles from Achiltibuie, where most visitors to the isles come from, and where our luxury holiday homes are based. You can also walk to the nearest isle from the mainland at low tide, following the sandy white beach to Isle Ristol.

Our self catering holiday homes provide the perfect base to explore the Summer Isles from, and are pet friendly to ensure the whole family can join in on the adventure. The stunning views of the Summer Isles are only improved when observed from our luxurious hot tub, and we also provide a sauna to keep you warm any time of the year. So why wait? Contact us now to begin your highland adventure; our hospitality and the spectacular landscape mean that it will be a trip to remember.


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