Places & Attractions
A city of many faces where a blend of internationally acclaimed museums and galleries, stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, fantastic shopping and a diverse array of restaurants and bars mixes with an industrial heritage, mainly based along the Clyde where historically shipbuilding was a major employer.
There’s a diverse and energetic arts scene which carries on the tradition that saw Glasgow being voted European City of Culture in 1990 while there are more down to earth pastimes such as a ‘pint of heavy’ the local name for beer and there’s usually an opportunity to catch a football match at Celtic & Rangers during your stay.
Canna is possibly the most beautiful of all the Small Isles. Its 200 metre high cliffs of Compass Hill rise dramatically out of the sea, and there is a good chance of seeing both sea and golden eagles. The anchorage on Canna is one of the best of the Small Isles and a stroll ashore to see the puffins and wildflower meadows of Sanday’s Machair is a pure delight.
The “Sgurr of Eigg”, an ancient, eroded volcanic plug that creates a dramatic cliff on the east side of the island and a high ridge which runs west. There are beautiful white-sand bays and a quartz beach that creates the famous “singing sands”.
The small island of Muck (Muck is Gaelic for ‘Pig’) is only a couple of miles long and a mile wide. Ashore there are wonderful coastal walks and many seabirds. On Horse Island, which is accessible at low water, there is a colony of puffins.
The gateway to the Hebridean Isles, Oban is often referred to as the Seafood capital of Scotland this delightful resort town has everything for the visitor. Nestled on the west coast and surrounded by miles of dramatic shores and beautiful countryside, there are plenty of small galleries and independent stores to browse through, as well as the centrally located local distillery, chocolate shop, and museum. Wander along the seafront to the ruined Dunollie Castle and the sandy beaches beyond – the sunsets here are phenomenal.
Three miles north of Oban is the stunning Dunstaffnage Marina overlooked by the Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel. This ruined waterside castle of the MacDougall clan chief, with its 1746 Flora MacDonald’s connection is said to be haunted, reputedly a ghostly figure is seen on the ramparts at times of peril. The gateway to the Western Isles with 250 fully serviced berths and outstanding sailing opportunities is where the Seahorse II is berthed and the boarding point for this small ship cruise
Isle of Mull
The second-largest island of the Inner Hebrides lies off the west coast of Scotland and is well known for its wildlife including whales, dolphins and sea eagles. Also, its culture, scenery and outdoor activities makes it a charming and beautiful centre for a Highland holiday away from the cares and pressures of modern life.
In the picturesque Loch Aline, there are woodland walks and, at the head of the loch, is ancient Ardtornish estate and woodland gardens.
A squeeze between high sided cliffs, you are in a perfectly sheltered anchorage. A lovely location for going sea kayaking or for a swim.
A loch on the south side of Mull. To enter you have to negotiate the narrow entrance. The anchorage in this sheltered loch, which is surrounded by an ancient oak forest, gives unparalleled views of the mountains of Mull. You can also pick up some locally grown mussels and possibly see the resident otters along its shoreline
Rum Island is a National Nature Reserve and famous for its herds of red deer and sheer sea cliffs which are home to nesting sea eagles. Loch Scresort offers the only safe landing place on the island. At the head of the loch lies the small village of Kinloch and nearby Kinloch Castle.
One of the most picturesque towns in the Hebridean Isles with its famous whisky distillery and colourful waterfront. You can wander along the streets, visit the delightful local museum, watch a pipe band, admire the wooden fishing boats and take in the long history of this lovely village.