Come to Eigg to explore our island and push your limits!
Eigg is a perfect place to come to escape and experience the great outdoors, but it’s not exactly a beach and cocktails destination…
Part of the fun of experiencing our island is to embrace everything that the island has to offer, that means living without mobile data and taking everything that our crazy weather system can throw at you. You have to be an ‘outdoorsy’ type if you live here, Eigg isn’t really a place where you can hole yourself away for days on end.
If you want to socialise, stay fed and enjoy life then it’s kind of important that you can enjoy the adverse weather conditions, not just endure them. Unsurprisingly, over the last few decade we’ve invested in loads of different ways of enjoying these stunning 12 square miles and we’d be more than happy to share them with you on your next trip.
Take a look at the kind of activities we get up to on Eigg:
Whilst you’re welcome to bring your own bike on the ferry to Eigg, it’s undoubtedly easier to simply hire one from Eigg Adventures. Laraine and Owain bought the outdoor pursuits company back in 2015 after growing weary from their time incorporate lives, they run activities out of their Adventure Base and also hire out equipment. You can hire mountain bikes from them for as little as £15 per day.
It’ll come as no surprise to hear that the island’s a great place to get some kayaking done. Many of the accommodation options (including the Amazing Eigg Shed) come complete with their own kayaks and whilst this does give you the freedom of taking to the sea whenever you like, it’s much safer to book a guided trip. Once more, Eigg Adventures are the ones to contact.
We’ve already mentioned a few of the must-see sights that you can visit whilst walking around our island, but you’ll need a good pair of binoculars and some local knowledge to see the rarest sights that the island has to offer: its wildlife! Just under 200 species of bird have been spotted on Eigg, not to mention the wide variety fauna and flora, seals dolphins and even whales.
Take a firm stance, notch your arrow and adjust your aim for the island breeze before letting your shot loose! There’s more than enough time and space to hone your archery skills here, but it’s advised that you take a few lessons before diving into shooting by yourself. You can book a 45 minute session for £12 per person with Eigg Adventures.
If you’d rather keep your feet on solid ground and your hands away from deadly weapons then you can enroll in a day’s worth of organic gardening lessons from Neil and Sue, two of the most experienced horticulturists. They’ll show you how to grow organic vegetables, how to preserve them and also turn them into delicious meals! Courses start at £50 for a half day and £100 for a full day.
Finally, one of the best ways of getting to grips with how the Hebridean islands relate to each other is by seeing them from the sea. Eigg Adventures have partnered up with Selkie Explorers to give visitors the opportunity of sailing out from Eigg to the surrounding islands. A day’s sailing is priced at £90 per adult and £60 per child which includes a dinner cooked aboard the boat itself, with fresh caught fish if you’re lucky!