Scotland, July 2018

Scotland is undoubtedly a beautiful country with much to offer anyone with even the remotest interest in  photography.  On a recent visit, for family reasons, I was fortunate enough to spend some time on the Isle of Muck off the West Coast of Northern Scotland.

Muck is the smallest of the four "small isles" in the Inner Hebrides and has a population of around 50.  The main settlement, Port Mor, is where arriving passenger ferries will dock - it is not an option to bring your own car.  The settlement has a small cafe(check for opening hours), an equally small art gallery and a community centre/sports hall with some facilities that visitors can use for a small fee.

The main activity on the island for tourists is walking and Muck offers much to the visitor.  The highest point is Beinn Airein at 137 m and a trek to the top can be challenging but offers stunning views of the area, including the neighbouring islands of Rum and Eigg.  A walk to shell beach is also a popular option and an easy one to manage - ideal if there are kids in your party.

A variety of wildlife lives on and around the island - golden eagles, seals, whales and dolphins are all to be found. 

In terms of accommodation, Gallanach Lodge is a sheer delight.  Aside from the excellent location, right by a beautiful beach with views to Rum, the lodge can arrange a variety of activities and the food on offer is as good as you will find anywhere with a focus on local produce where possible.  Yurts are also to be found on Muck, if you fancy something a little more unusual.

Ferries arrive from Mallaig and Arisaig and these can also be used should you wish to visit the other Small Isles.  

For anyone wishing to travel to Scotland, I would recommend this little book by Ellen Bowness, The Photographer's Guide to Scotland (affiliate link)