An island of true wilderness and astonishing wildlife. For adventurous hikers there is a rugged free-range coastal circuit. Expect to see whales, dolphins, sea eagles, golden eagles, all sorts of seabirds, and the rare Eriskay ponies on the way. Climb to the highest point, Ben Scrien, for incredible views of the surrounding islands. For free-spirits the Am Politician is the spot for a wee dram and re-living Compton Mackenzie’s, Whiskey Galore. This book was inspired by the story of the SS Politician running aground and the island locals mounting a highly successful, if unofficial, salvage operation of several thousand bottles of whiskey. Eriskay is a hardy skinny-dipper’s delight too with a wonderfully secluded beach in the north east corner, which is a great spot for a wild camp.
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