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27/03/2018

Take a rest in the west this Spring

Young man and woman looking onto Luskentyre Beach, Harris

Take a rest in the West this Spring

By the time Easter Sunday arrives we'll be on day ninety-one of 365! That's one quarter of the way through the year, already. So, it's definitely time for a break, and where best to take a rest than in the west?

If you're looking for some Spring holiday ideas, then the great thing about the west coast of Scotland is its flexibility. Whether you are traveling solo, with another, with the kids or as a larger group - and whether you have a day or two to spare, or more - then there's something to suit everyone here:

Spring breaks for families

When it comes to Spring breaks for families, Skye is a wonderful destination. If you are traveling with younger children, then sail away to Skye and feed their imaginations with some dinosaur footprint hunting on the beach at An Corran, Staffin. If conditions are right and the tide is low, you'll find some incredible footprints left by a family of dinosaurs some 165 million years ago! Add to the excitement by travelling by ferry - from Mallaig to Armadale, and whilst on the island, the adults can be rewarded with some of Skye's world-class cuisine. Perfect.

If you're looking for Spring Holiday ideas for older children, then how about the Isle of Arran - particularly if you have a sense of adventure. Burn off some steam by enjoying everything from cycling to climbing, and gorge scrambling to sailing. With a backdrop like Arran, you're in the ultimate outdoor playground. Exhilarating.

An Spring retreat just for you

The Small Isles archipelago is one of the best west coast destinations if you're travelling solo this Spring break. The island quartet of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna, is both fulfilling and friendly. It's easy to travel from one to the other, and although they are relatively close in proximity, they are very distinctive, so it will feel like you're covering a lot of ground.  Scenery and wildlife abound on the Small Isles. Relax amongst beautiful sandy beaches and dramatic volcanic peaks where there's also the potential to see majestic stags and soaring eagles.

Spring breaks for two

An island hopping trip is the ideal spring break - especially when it's just the two of you. Island hopping means you can bag a few island destinations on the one trip.  The Isle of Coll - under three hours from Oban, is famous for its dark skies - making it one of the best places in the UK to see the night sky. It's both romantic and relaxing. From Coll, you can island hop to Tiree. It's at the other end of the scale since it's famous for its sunshine, being one of the sunniest places in the UK. Both islands have some of the most beautiful, sparkling white beaches in the country.

At CalMac, we have a number of island hopping adventures to choose from. They're flexible and varied enough to be a great option for both spring breaks or longer holidays.

Spring holiday ideas for groups

If you're in search of spring holiday ideas to entertain a larger group - the Outer Hebrides is a potential answer. This interconnected group of islands  - where Scotland ends and the Atlantic begins - is so diverse that there will be something to suit everyone in your group. Stunning beaches, turquoise blue waters, castles, wildlife, art, history and heritage - not forgetting the Eat Drink Hebrides Trail that captures the area's world-class produce. Everyone sails home with incredible memories.

So, if you're looking to take a rest this Spring, look no further than the West. There's something even more magical about time away when your journey includes a ferry ride - because you know that you're in for something special. So start planning your Spring Holiday ideas by heading over to our Destinations page today.

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