Inner Hebridesby Katie Featherstone
Inner Hebrides travel guide – Holiday tips and expert advice for the islands of the Inner Hebrides, covering the Isle of Skye, Mull and Iona, Islay and Jura, Coll and Tiree, and Raasay, The Small Isles, The Slate Islands, Gigha, Lismore and Kerrera. Also including accommodation and restaurants, language, wildlife, walking, beaches and culture.
About this book
The first guide dedicated to this group of islands in many years: from the Isle of Skye in the north to community-owned Gigha in the south, 24 islands are covered, with full practical details of how to get to each one, what to do and see while there, where to stay and where to eat. A dedicated wildlife section details interesting and rare species and where and when to see them, from whale-watching trips off Mull to RSPB hides and reserves and ongoing conservation programmes. Suggested routes and recommended packing lists are included for hikers, while history, myths and legends bring greater depth of understanding to present-day island life.
The Inner Hebrides strike a perfect balance between feeling remote and being accessible on any budget. Accommodation options covered include hotels, self-catering cottages, guest houses, hostels, campsites and bothies, while transport option range from self-drive to public transport, cycling and walking. Whether dolphin-spotting or birdwatching, beach-combing or walking, whisky tasting or tucking into freshly caught seafood, making a pilgrimage to Iona or cheering on the Highland Games on Skye, Bradt’s Inner Hebrides is the ideal companion for a successful visit.
About the author
After having holidayed around the Inner Hebrides every year since she was born, Katie Featherstone spent her first decade of adulthood getting as far away from the UK as possible. Her obsession with islands comes from the idea of an isolated community; tiny kingdoms separated by savage seas and the plentiful coastline surrounding them. Her family seem to share this enthusiasm and have moved to the Isle of Islay permanently. Katie continues to travel, but always returns to the Hebrides.
PART 1 GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography, Climate, Natural history, History, Archaeology, Government and politics, People, Language, Religion, Culture
Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tour operators and guides, Tourist information, Red tape, Consulates and embassies, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, Women travellers, Travellers with disabilities, Travelling with children, Gay travellers, What to take, Money and budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Food and drink, Festivals, Shopping, Arts and entertainment, Outdoor activities, Media and communications, Cultural etiquette, travelling positively
PART 2 THE GUIDE
Chapter 3 Skye
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist Information, Shopping and activities, What to see and do, Portee, North-East Skye, South-West Skye, Eilean Bàn, Scalpay, Soay
Chapter 4 Raasay and Rona
Chapter 5 The Small Isles
Rùm, Eigg, Muck, Sanday, Canna
Chapter 6 Coll and Tiree
Chapter 7 Mull and Iona
Tobermory, North Mull, South Mull, Iona, Ulva, Erraid, (Gometra, Staffa and the Treshnish Isles)
Chapter 8 The Firth of Lorn
Chapter 9 The Slate Islands
History, Getting there and away, Seil, Luing, Easdale, Lunga, Shuna
Chapter 10 Colonsay and Oronsay
History, Getting there and away, Colonsay, Oronsay
Chapter 11 Jura
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, What to see and do
Chapter 12 Islay
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist Information, Shopping and activities, What to see and do, Bowmore, West Islay, East Islay
Chapter 13 Gigha
History, Getting there and away, Where to stay, What to see and do,
Language – Gaelic, including some information about regional differences