Ringing the coasts like a gorgeously jewelled necklace, the islands of Scotland form one of the country’s most
Numbering nearly 800 in all, the islands fall mainly into four major archipelagos – the Inner and Outer Hebrides,
Orkney and Shetland – but many others are to be found clustered round Scotland’s west and east coats. And each
island, whether inhabited or devoid of human presence, has its own character, landscape and natural wonders.
Island-hopping visitors may find majestic mountain ranges, long, lonely and golden beaches, vast wild
moorlands and bustling, tourist-friendly towns. Hikers and ramblers, while taking in vistas of awe-inspiring
beauty, can discover magnificent flora and fauna and ancient reminders of the isles’ veiled past.
Islands of Scotland starts with a discussion of the islands’ intriguing histories and a look at their geographical