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Scottish Islands: The Best Places to Reside!

Travelers Today       By    David Thompson

Updated: Mar 14, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

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Scottish Islands: The Best Places to Reside!

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Scotland is a great place to visit. Once you've been here and taken in the sights, sounds and smells of this beautiful country there's no denying that Scotland isn't one of the most intriguing destinations on Earth - with no natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes or hurricanes, we don't have unstable countries and wars constantly threatening our safety and our murder rate is second to none (tucked in the northwest corner of Europe)! Is there anywhere safer than beautiful Scotland?

So there are a few islands that can be found off the Scottish coast not just in Scotland but also in Northern Ireland and Wales! Largely speaking these islands will come under the rule that all other UK islands are subject to, but how does that truly work? What stuff do you need to consider before deciding where to live on an island, especially if you're planning on moving and picking up your life to move somewhere new? Let's have a look at the logistics regarding living on various Scottish Islands below. 

Isle of Skye

Despite being technically part of the mainland, Skye is often referred to as an island. And it's easy to see why as most beaches in this part of Scotland are surrounded by steep cliffs which drop into the depths of the roaring Atlantic Ocean below. One taster for what you'll find out there on Skye is the Quiraing which is 40km of twisted rock towers and deep scar valleys, best seen from above on a scenic flight or boat ride.

If you're into this aesthetic, travelling to the Isle of Skye is like travelling back in time! While there are roads that connect it to the mainland, environmentally the island feels small and isolated.

It's important to note, however, the island of Skye is host to thousands of tourists each summer, many of them coming in mobile homes and caravans. Due to a large number of vehicles and people travelling around the island during this high season, it can take an hour or more to get around.

As mentioned, Skye is mainland, so it's possible to get a real taster of this magical land by enquiring about short term car hire at Edinburgh Airport, and driving up to see for yourself!

Isle of Arran

If you've ever dreamed of moving to a remote island and living your dream life, you'll love the Isle of Arran cottages! With so much history on the land, it will be easy to make your home feel like a real cosy Scottish country house. With properties next to whiskey distilleries where you can add whisky to your morning coffee, what is not to love about the idea of moving here? 

In spring, endless sheepfold hillsides present a fresh challenge with every curve, as do hidden waterfalls down quiet paths and cork oak forest that slowly creeps up on you. A summer night in a stone circle is full of mystery, and you'd be crazy about the sound of bagpipes filling their fields as ceilidhs go on all year long. 

Coll Island

Next on our list of spellbinding Scottish paradises is Coll Island. This gorgeous destination features crescent beaches, sand dunes, and picturesque castle ruins for those who enjoy a touch of history with their holiday getaway. And what's more, it also happens to feature a golf course! I would just like to point out that the locals on Coll are extremely friendly, and THAT is definitely worth mentioning.

The Shetland Islands

Potentially the most iconic on this list, The Shetland Islands are some of the most beautiful islands Scotland has to offer, with their picturesque shores, the drama of their cliffs and often rugged terrain - they're truly a sight to behold.

Lerwick is the capital town of the Shetland Islands and is situated on the north side of Scotland. Being such a small but often awakening town, Lerwick boasts groups of tourist attractions: the ancient yet ever-popular remains from Neolithic people who lived on these islands over 5,000 years ago, and the wonderful history and wealth that makes you want to take a journey back in time, all of which make for delightful days and unforgettable nights.

If you're a history nerd, the Shetlands are for you!

Islay Island 

Islay, the sun-kissed gem in the Inner Hebrides, is an idyllic island of golden sands washed by waters of the pristine Atlantic. Its tiny centre is home to a host of independent local shops - and an abundance of whisky distilleries - where visitors can experience a true taste of Scotland. There are many quaint villages to explore on the island including Ballygrant and Portnahaven in the southwestern part of Islay. Travel to the northeastern portion of this beautiful island to experience the peaceful village of Loch Finlaggan. While visiting, experience history comes alive amidst its ancient castle foundations, prehistoric remains, and an uninhabited cottage.

Did This Help?

We hope so! There is a certain beauty to the Scottish Islands, which can make them an ideal place to live. Hopefully, you'll find the ideal island for you and your family to live on. Thank you for reading, and we hope you enjoy your stay!

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