- March 23rd 2017
To celebrate the roots of our SS17 Barbour Tartan collection, we are exploring the furthest reaches of Scotland. With over 790 offshore islands we’ve done the hard work for you, to narrow down our top five islands in Scotland that are full of history and activities to enjoy with friends and family.
Isle of Arran
A scenic treasure, the Isle of Arran packs a lot into its 432 square kilometres, including its own brewery and whisky distillery, enchanting views of dramatic landscapes, a castle, an ancient stone circle, and great circular roads - perfect for cycling.
After visiting all those attractions, you’ll need to refuel, and where better than at one of the many places to eat that pepper the island.
Known as 'The Queen of the Hebrides' Islay sits between the Scottish and Irish coasts with the picturesque village of Port Ellen as its capital.
The white washed village of Port Ellen was Built in 1832, by Walter Campbell, who dedicated the elegant square lighthouse in loving memory of his wife Lady Eleanor, who’s name the port also adopted.
Visit Islay in May to enjoy the Islay Festival of Music and Malt, which not only celebrates the activities of its name, but you can enjoy Gaelic lessons, a food fair, golf and bowling.
The more mountainous island of the Inner Hebrides, the deer population outnumbers the people 32:1 and is home to the rare Golden Eagle and a great place for wildlife lovers.
Jura is only accessible by ferry, and the tide that runs past Jura is so strong it creates one of the largest whirlpools in the world called Corryvreckan, which is Gaelic for “cauldron of the plaid”.
A short hop from mainland Scotland and you will find yourself in the pretty town of Tobermory with its colourfully painted waterfront houses that are home to bakeries, a candle-maker, a chocolate shop and other independent businesses.
The island is also a haven for wildlife with whales, dolphins and basking sharks often seen in the surrounding waters.
Off the western tip of Mull you’ll find Iona, and island with water so clear and sand so white it’s almost tropical.
When visiting, eat at the St Columba hotel, named after the Saint of the same name who landed on the island and founded the ancient monastery. The hotel restaurant serves fish fresh off the boats that land in the bay, and produce grown in their organic garden. The panoramic views of the sea and Mull Mountains beyond make dinner there a memorable experience.