The western isles of Scotland are one of the country’s most unique and scenic regions, where you can experience all the charms and delights of the friendly Gaelic culture. Each of the western isles has its own individual personality and features, from the castles of Mull and the sandy beaches of Tiree, to the heathered bluffs of Isle of Skye and the historic abbey at Iona. Whether you’re keen to island hop and discover all the offerings, or want to settle-in and get to know a place, you will soon find that the Inner Hebrides are a destination you’ll long to return to.
Find Hotels on the Isles of Mull, Tiree and IonaThe Isle of Mull sits just offshore from the fishing and port town of Oban, from which ferries run to a variety of Hebridean Isles including Mull. The main village is Tobermory, whose colourful houses overlook the sea, and give you an insight into traditional harbour towns in this area of the country. There are hotels, guesthouses and bed & breakfasts available here and throughout the isle, and they can be booked using the Expedia's handy search tool. Tobermory is the perfect place to stay and relax before setting off to explore the ruined and baronial castles at Glengmore, Duart, and Torosay.
The outermost island of the Inner Hebrides, Tiree, is a gently rolling landscape of rich green machair, bogs blooming with flowers, and pristine beaches, such as that of Balephuil Bay. Each year many of the world’s best windsurfers flock to Tiree for the UKs most prestigious surfing competition. The Isle of Tiree is the perfect destination to explore and stay if you're wanting to be active, whether you’re joy is swimming, surfing, cycling, or golf.
While it is in no way the biggest, perhaps the most famous of the Inner Hebrides is Iona, where St. Columba founded Iona Abbey in 563, a site that can still be visited to this day. The Abbey might be one of the oldest and most important religious centres in Western Europe, but sightseers will also quickly discover the amazing natural highlights of Iona’s rocky hills, sandy coves, and beaches can rival any historical site.
Stay on the Stunning Isle of SkyeSkye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides and perhaps also the most dramatic of its landscapes, featuring huge rock cliffs and promontories overlooking the sea and surrounding isles. Both the coast and the interior of Skye are perfect places for trekking, and are home to natural wonders such as the strange rolling and cone-shaped hills of the Fairy Glen, the famous pointed rock known as The Old Man of Storr, and the hidden Cave of Gold. Portree is the largest town on Skye and has a quaint harbour-front street that is perfect for strolling on a sunny day, but accommodations are also available throughout most of the isle’s smaller villages, including Uig in the north, where you can catch a ferry to the Outer Hebrides.
The Inner Hebrides are the perfect destination for anyone looking to get out and explore the natural wonders and historic landscape of Scotland, so book your trip now.