It's time to discover the wild side of the isles
Exploring the wild side of the isles is a real thrill - on top of the beauty of the natural landscapes, you'll discover spectacular wildlife and uncover fascinating links to Scotland's past.
It's a real privilege - and a thrill - to see Scotland's wildlife in its own natural habitat. Forestry and Land Scotland's nature hide at Kylerhea, on the Isle of Skye is one of the best places in the UK to spot an otter. It's peaceful and sheltered spot, which is easy to access - along a short trail. From the hide, you can quietly survey the landscape before you, hoping you'll spot one. It'll be quite a sight - set against the beautiful backdrop of Glenelg.
The Isle of Mull Eagle Watch at Loch Frisa, started over twenty years ago. Take the opportunity to join a ranger guided tour to see the country's largest and most impressive bird of prey - the white-tailed eagle. With a wingspan of 2 meters, they are an impressive sight to behold.
Clowns of the bird world
While on Mull, take a trip to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles, the spring and summer months offer the perfect chance to see the nature reserve's bird life. The iconic Puffins will be busy rearing young until late July - real characters of the bird world and fascinating to watch. In the surrounding waters, keep a look out for whales, dolphins, and basking sharks.
As well as the wildlife on Staffa, you'll be stepping back into a visually unique landscape, formed millions of years ago - visible through the island's beautiful hexagonal basalt columns and Fingal's cave, with its astonishing acoustics which inspired Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture.
Sacred site of Iona
If you're in this area - make time to visit the Isle of Iona. One of Scotland's most sacred sites, thought to be home to the Book of Kells. Iona also holds Scotland's finest collection of carved stones and crosses. The island is the burial place of 48 ancient Scottish Kings at Reilig Odhráin, the cemetery next to the Abbey. All this against a stunning backdrop with such a unique and special atmosphere. You won't want to leave.
With such magical spots and experiences to enjoy, you'll think you're on the other side of the world, but Scotland's islands offer the same kind of magic - they're just much closer than you think. It's time for you to discover them.