The Isle of Eigg is a one-of-a-kind destination.
Less than 12 square miles of unspoiled landscape, it’s best enjoyed on foot – which is a good thing because visitors are forbidden from taking their own vehicles onto the island.
The few vehicles that you will see trundling about Eigg are either trial electric off-road buggies or cars that have been on the island for decades. Many visitors comment on the dilapidated state of some of these cars and for good reason; the remaining vehicles on the island have been granted an MOT exemption, so owners tend to leave any repair work to the last minute.
If visitors think the state of our cars are bad then they should see what our ovens look like! One of the drawbacks to living on an island is that it’s kind of difficult to get hold of New World cooker spares here (or any kind of spare parts for that matter!), so we tend to only buy hard-wearing appliances or run what we do have into the ground.
As a visitor to the island you won’t have to worry about any of these niggles though. All you’ll have to concern yourself with is making sure you see as much of the island as possible and as we’ve said, the best way to do that is on foot.
These five walks are well worth checking out whilst you’re here:
The Sgurr of Eigg
Home to the annual Easter Eigg run, the Sgurr dominates the landscape.
It’s the tallest point on the whole island so, naturally, a brilliant start to your journey that will give you the opportunity to get your bearings and appreciate stunning views across to the neighbouring isles.
The Massacre and Cathedral Caves
One of the darkest parts of the Isle’s history, 400 local inhabitants were brutally murdered here when a long running feud with the Macleods of Skye came to a head. Remains of these people were discovered as recently as last year prompting a rare visit from the police. The Cathedral Cave is also worth walking to but can only be entered at low tide.
Forgotten Settlement of Grulin
Only crumbling walls remains of the small village of Grulin which was once the home to as many as fourteen families. Once home to a small thriving community of crofter, the Highland Potato Famine of 1847 struck the families there particularly hard, causing the then-owner of the island, Dr. MacPherson, to evict the entire population who left their homes to ruin.
Galmisdale and Lodge Gardens
Even on a rainy day the Lodge Gardens are pretty enough to warrant a visit, the same goes for Galmisdale Bay, which is why we recommend this excellent walk which incorporates both of them. Take a look at the historic Clanranald Pier, before exploring the Kelpie Woods and discovering the impressive Lodge along with its formal gardens.
Finally, this 3-4 hour long walk is ideal for walkers looking for a challenging way to fill half a day. Taking in coastal views, stunning flora and even giving you an opportunity to spot some wild seals, this is a great route to introduce you to the island and incorporates the ruins of the Kildonan Church, home to many interesting stories and legends.