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Isle of Coll

The Isle of Coll is a Southern Hebridean island lying about four miles west of Mull. It extends approximately thirteen miles in length and is about four miles across at it’s widest point. Coll is fairly central in the coastal chain of Hebridean islands, and breathtaking views of surrounding islands can be seen from many points on Coll’s shores. 

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Isle of Islay (Charter only)

Islay is the southern-most island of the Inner Hebrides and is often referred to as Queen of the Hebrides. With an area of 239 sq miles Islay is the second largest island of the Southern Hebrides, Mull is the largest island. There are around 3300 people living on the island and most of them live in Bowmore, the administrative capital, and Port Ellen. Like other islands in the Southern Hebrides the Gaelic language is still well represented and around 50% of the people on Islay speak it. Islay’s main industries are farming, fishing, tourism and the whisky industry which, together with its magnificent wildlife, attracts many visitors to the island.

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Isle of Colonsay

There is probably no such thing as two similar islands but a look on the map shows striking similarities between Gigha and Colonsay, which are of course coincidental. One could say that Colonsay is Gigha’s bigger brother. Colonsay is about twice the size of Gigha, Colonsay also has an island south of the main island, in Colonsay’s case called Oronsay, and the shape doesn’t differ that much either. There are probably much more similarities but let’s stick to describing Colonsay itself.

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Isle of Tiree

The Isle of Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides, with a mild climate and white sand beaches. The charming Isle of Tiree is the most westerly of the Inner Hebridean islands and at about 12 miles long and three miles wide, it’s relatively small. The landscape of Tiree is rather flat and has been described as ‘a raised beach’ and ‘the land below the waves’. The island is also known for its fertile soils and has a strong crofting heritage.

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The largest town in Argyll & The Isles, Oban is known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’ and the 'Seafood Capital of Scotland'. The town itself lies in a crescent occupying the hills surrounding Oban Bay and is a busy town with great accommodation, cafes and restaurants, and wide selection of activities and day trips. This popular town is also known as the 'Seafood Capital of Scotland' offering a remarkable number of award-winning restaurants.

The most outstanding feature within Oban is McCaig’s Tower, the Colosseum lookalike which stands above the town and features in many of the postcards to be found on George Street. The Tower is 10 minutes hard walk uphill from the centre of the town but provides spectacular views over the town and onto the neighboring islands.

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