AN SGURR is the iconic pitchstone ridge that dominates the Eigg skyline and gave its name to the island, Eilean Eige, island of the notch.
2EIGG STANDING STONES
a massive Sgurr pillar of 52 million year old pitchstone lava stands above Pier Hill, moved into this conspicuous location to commemorate the island Community buy-out of 1997. A similar pillar stands by the road in the middle of the island, re-erected in the early 1990's as a symbol of community resistance to absentee lairds. Both are thought to have been part of an ancient line of pillar crosses spanning the island.
3ST DONNAN'S PILLOW STONE
the large oval shaped boulder that can be seen north of the roofless chapel dedicated to the island saint at Kildonnan, was once believed to be his pillow stone and the area around it was never ploughed.
4THE EIGG PICTISH STONE
now on display in St Donnan Roman Catholic Church, shows a hunting scene on one side and some fine interlacing on the other: dating back to the Dark Ages, it shows how Eigg was once part of the westernmost frontier of the Pictish kingdom.
5ST COLUMBA'S WELL
One of the island's many holy wells, this deep gurgling well situated in Cleadale never runs out and is said to have been blessed by St Columba himself.
6THE VIKING SWORDHANDLE
This very ornate sword handle of cast silver is all that remains of a Viking sword found in a burial mound at Kildonnan, in the 19th century. It was buried alongside its owner, one of the Scandinavian colonists who made Eigg their raiding base in the 8th century.
7THE EIGG SHEELA NA GIG
This roughly carved sandstone fertility figure can be found inside the ruined chapel at Kildonnan. In Medieval times, such figures were displayed on churches' outside walls.
8THE CARVED CELTIC CROSS
Standing in the centre of the Kildonnan Graveyard, this finely carved cross of Loch Sween schist is typical of the late Medieval period of the Lordship of the Isles, a period of artistic flourishing when Eigg was at the centre of a Hebridean sea-kingdom.
9THE EIGG MASSACRE CAVE BONE
When the islanders' traditional hiding place became their mass grave during the feud that opposed MacDonalds and MacLeods in the early 16th century, their bones were left in the cave. When these were collected as souvenirs by 19th century tourists, the islanders gathered them to bury them in the island graveyard.
10THE PIPER'S CAIRN
This small heap of stones on the Grulin road commemorates the resting place of one of Eigg's most famous sons: Donald MacQuarrie the Grulin piper who loved there in the late 17th century and studied at the famous MacCrimmon piping school in Skye.
11THE BROKEN QUERNSTONES
Now ornamenting the terrace at the Earth Connection Centre - formerly the island lodge - these quernstones were the islanders' hand powered grinding stones, which allow them to turn oats into oatmeal within hours of harvesting until they were broken on their chief's order when a new watermill was built at Kildonnan in the late 18th century.
12THE CLANRANALD PIER
In the early 19th century, the chief of Clanranald forced his Eigg tenants to build this substantial curving pier to enable his ships to birth safely when collecting the valuable kelp manufactured out of burnt sea-weed for export to England.
13THUSDAL'S LIMPET HAMMER IN GRULIN
The largest of the huge boulders ripped by the ice off the side of the Sgurr ridge was named after one of the fighting giants who used to inhabit the land according to the Norse myths preserved in Eigg legends. It sits in the midst of the atmospheric 19th century Clearance village of Grulin, once a thriving farm settlement.
14FR MACDONALD'S STONE
The small stone pillar by the road side near the school marked the resting place of Fr MacDonald's funeral cortege. Fr MacDonald was the longest serving priest in the Small Isles parish.
15CÙL NAM PAIRC (THE CLEADALE CROSSROAD)
This was once the place where crofters used to meet to smoke their pipes in the summer evenings and chew over the day's event. It now features the islanders' war memorial and a timeline interpretation panel for the Crofting area.
16TAIGH IAIN DHONNCHAIDH – CROFT 6
The last remaining “unimproved” blackhouse on the island, Croft 6 houses the island's croft museum, dedicated to the presentation of crofters' every day life in the 20th century.
17THE FERGIE TRACTOR
situated outside Croft 6, the little grey Fergie is an example of the type of small but powerful Ferguson tractors that were widely used on the island from the mid 20th Century onwards, replacing the horse in all crofting tasks.
18THE OLD SHOP
Once the smallest cooperative shop in Scotland, the Old Shop now enable visitors to experience what the island shop used to look like before it was housed in the modern pier building and discover a little more about Eigg's natural history.
19THE EIGG ARCHIVE
Situated in the Eigg Community Learning room in the Eigg Primary School, the Eigg Archive holds a unique collection of island black and white photographs spanning the period 1890 to 1960, registers of birth and death and an extensive library of books about Hebridean islands, their culture and history, as well as Gaelic, land reform and general Scottish history.
20THE SINGING SANDS
Unique in the Small Isles, the pure quartz sand at Traigh na Bigil (the strand of the chirping in Gaelic) makes a shrill noise as you scuff your way through the beach in dry weather.
21THE CRAFT FAIR
If you visit on a monday thorugh the high season you will be able to buy a selction of artisan work, created and made on the Island. From Willow, Felting, Bespoke crochet items, to Candles and homecrafts, this day offers a wide variety of goods to buy. There is also the opportunity to sample some delicous food from the craft Kitchen cooking up a selction of homemade savoury and sweet treats.
Situated on the west side of the island, this wide expanse of smooth sand is perfect for a family day out, with a shallow slope into the ocean, it proivdes a safe place for children of all ages to play, or why not hire a kayak and paddle round from the pier to enojy the peace and varied wildlife around the coast of the Island. Camp fires are allowed, and as the sun goes down what better place to spend the evening watching the sun set and enjoying the view with a friends.
23THE EIGG WINDMILLS
Situated on the south side of the island and exposed to the dominant South Westerly winds are the most visible component of Eigg's award-winning Green Grid which combines wind , solar, and hydro energy to power the island.
24THE BUTTON BOX ACCORDION
Coming out for a ceilidh on a winter's evening or a summer session on Galmisdale Bay Cafe terrace overlooking the sea, the button box accordion has been and still is the islanders' instrument of choice, as well as being an icon of the strong West Lochaber music and dance tradition which is taught at Feis Eige, the yearly youth Tuition festival in July.
Island social life is often defined by meeting the ferry at the pier: Eigg has 2 working piers, the old one built in the late 19th century out of Congested District Boards funds, from where the island flit boat would start to meet the Caledonian MacBrayne's ferry in the open sea, and the new Pier, built with European funding to introduce at long last the RORO service which has brought modernity to island life.