The islands of Canna, Eigg, Muck and Rum lie just south of the Isle of Skye, sitting between the west coast Scottish mainland and the Western Isles. Each island has an abundance of wildlife, rich heritage and incredible landscapes but, while they are close together, each island feels very different. One thing they have in common is they each generate their own electricity from renewable sources.
AUTUMN - SMALL ISLES
Autumn can be a special time. The islands let out a collective sigh following the busy season. The colours of the bracken begin to change and intensify and there are often lingering vivid sunsets. The lengthening nights provide plenty of opportunity to observe the night sky and constellations. Make the most of it by heading outside with a blanket and thermos and allowing your eyes to fully adjust to the darkness or join in on a stargazing course. Wildlife on the islands is more visible - otters become easier to spot and the deer come closer to the villages. In Rum, the deer rut takes place over these months. Stand outside at dawn for the best chance of hearing the evocative sounds of roaring stags. Towards the end of Autumn, grey seals start pupping and, watched from afar, this is a nature experience you are not likely to forget.