An island for the great outdoors. With rugged and wild mountains on the east side the highlight is a hike to the high point of Beinn Mhor, with its spectacular summit ridge and views of the Hebridean chain and the rugged peaks of Skye and the mainland beyond. Further walks are possible at Loch Druidibeg on boardwalks across the lochs and to one of the remotest bothies in Scotland at Uisinis. The whole of the island’s west coast is fringed by an almost continuous white-sand beach with Atlantic surf pounding and beautiful machair with plenty of opportunities to swim or wild camp in the dunes. Foodies don’t miss out. The hot-smoked salmon from the Salar Smokehouse is to die for, there’s all sorts of baked goodies from the Scandinavian Bakery and the superbly located Polachar Inn is great for a pint.

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