This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Isle of Eigg.
The Isle of Eigg, located in the Scottish Inner Hebrides south of Skye and north of the Ardnamurchan peninsula, is the second largest of Scotland’s Small Isles – despite being only 9km long and 5km wide. The island’s name is Gaelic for ‘notched island.’
The island’s fascinating history and beautiful landscapes have made it an increasingly popular tourist destination, and the welcoming community of locals enjoy sharing their home with visitors from around the world. While most of the homes on the island are lived in year-round, there are hostels and hotels available to accommodate guests.
While a stay at a hotel or hostel on the Isle of Eigg can certainly be relaxing, there is plenty for visitors to do here. A popular option for tourists is climbing An Sgurr, the largest pitchstone ridge of its kind in Europe, which dramatically dominates the centre of the island, but there is much more to explore just outside the door from your hostel or hotel.
The island’s Scottish Wildlife Warden hosts weekly walks to let visitors familiarize themselves with the flora and fauna present on this unique part of the world. Or, tourists can explore the island for themselves, taking in some of the most memorable views Scotland has to offer. The Isle of Eigg is home to some incredible beaches, including the Singing Sands, where musical quartz sands are surrounded by spectacular geological formations, and Laig Bay, an Atlantic beach where visitors can take in some of the most memorable views Scotland has to offer.
There is a ferry to bring guests to and from their local hotel or hostel on the Isle of Eigg, from the port of Mallaig on Scotland’s northwest coast. Tourists can get here by train from Glasgow, or by car if you are coming from Edinburgh. Getting around on the island is easy – visitors can rent a bike or kayak to explore everything this self-sufficient island has to offer.
Written by local enthusiast for Isle of Eigg hostelsJakob Lombardi