At the southerly tip of the chain, Vatersay makes for a breath-taking start to exploring the Hebridean chain. For the adventurous walker there is a free-range coastal circuit along its stunningly indented coastline, crossing beaches and a tombola each with fabulous wild swimming opportunities, especially at Bàgh a’Deas. Love wildlife? Here there are otters galore. For history buffs hike out the ruins of the homes of the much-celebrated Vatersay Raiders and for cake lovers try the Vatersay Community Hall Café. Some great wild camping on the beaches off the tombolo on the south coast.

For more information check out our book, Islandeering: adventures around the outer edge of Britain’s hidden islands