Inner Hebrides Travel Guide

Set in one of the most picturesque areas of the British Isles, the Inner Hebrides is a collection of small rocky islands that are just waiting to be explored by nature lovers. There are endless enchanting natural attractions that can be enjoyed here by boat or on foot and it is possible to spend many weeks or even longer exploring the Inner Hebrides. Many of the larger islands also boast villages and small towns that come complete with modern amenities and offer an interesting insight into the traditional Scottish culture.

Things to see and do on the Inner Hebrides

The enchanting Isle of Lismore is one of the smallest islands in the Inner Hebrides and boasts a rather quiet and quaint farming population. Several pretty hiking trails run around and through the Isle of Lismore and this is a great way to discover the intense natural beauty of the island.

Isle of Islay – Inner Hebrides, Scotland

A Highland Cow grazes in front of dramatic cliffs on the Mull of Oa, Islay, Scotland.

The Isle of Islay is known as the Queen of the Hebrides and is one of the largest islands in the Inner Hebrides. Sun worshippers will want to make sure that they allow plenty of time to sit and soak up the sun on the Oa, which is one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in this part of Scotland.

The charming town of Portree is a great place to spend a little time while visiting the Isle of Skye. A pretty path leads along the coast known as Scorry Brek and offers enchanting ocean views, while the pretty harbour and shingle beach are also great places to relax for a while.

People who want to learn more about the rich history of the area should take a trip to Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, which is one of the oldest castles in the whole of Scotland. The surrounding formal gardens are particularly picturesque and wandering here is a good way to unwind after learning all about the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod.

Just two miles from the town of Staffan on the Isle of Skye is the historic Kilt Rock and waterfall. The large rock here takes its name from the fact that it bears a pattern that resembles traditional Scottish tartan and there are several good spots here to take photographs.

Climate conditions

Rainfall is very common in the Inner Hebrides and even in the height of summer visitors can expect many damp and drizzly days. Unlike many other parts of the United Kingdom, May is actually the sunniest month of the year, while there are also plenty of warm and sunny days to enjoy between June and August.