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Time for you - On the Small Isles

The Isle of Canna with rum in the background.
Image by Fiona Hutton

In a world that demands constant connectivity and stimulation, finding time to slow down and take time for yourself has become essential. The Small Isles off the west coast of Scotland provide the perfect setting to escape the noise. With stunning scenery, peace and quiet, an abundance of wildlife, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities, it's the perfect place to escape from the stresses of modern life and reconnect with nature and yourself. It can be as simple as sitting by the window and listening to the birds or lying in the grass and watching eagles swoop overhead. Perhaps a wild swim in the elements with the salty spray awakening all your senses followed by a return to your accommodation to warm up by a roaring fire. With so much space and so few people around, you'll have plenty of room to explore and enjoy the natural beauty of these islands and if you want - to turn off your devices and instead allow the sounds of nature to become your soundtrack.

Choose to do as much or as little as you want. There's no need to follow a fast and full itinerary on the Small Isles. It's a place to let your worries wash away as you envelop yourself in all its natural beauty.

Eigg offers a multitude of opportunities for relaxation and introspection. Take a leisurely stroll along the pristine sandy shores, listen to the soothing sound of the waves, and breathe in the fresh sea breeze. For a more immersive experience, venture into the heart of the island, exploring its rolling hills, hidden waterfalls, and the awe-inspiring Sgurr of Eigg. The peacefulness and untouched beauty of Eigg make it an ideal place to unwind and find solace in nature.

The Isle of Rum, a designated National Nature Reserve with rugged landscapes, dramatic mountains, and vast stretches of wilderness, offers a true escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Immerse yourself in the island's wild beauty by embarking on a scenic hike up Kinloch Glen, where you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of Loch Scresort and the surrounding peaks. Alternatively, find a peaceful spot along the coastline and let the tranquility wash over you as you absorb the serene panorama. Keep an eye out for native wildlife, including red deer, golden eagles, and seals, as they gracefully inhabit this untouched paradise.

The smallest of the Small Isles, the Isle of Muck, offers an intimate and serene retreat. Stroll along the shore feeling the soft sand beneath your feet and revel in the silence interrupted only by the gentle lapping of the waves. The island's peaceful ambiance, combined with its outstanding views in every direction provides the perfect setting for meditation, contemplation, or simply allowing your mind to wander freely.

Last but by no means least - the beautiful Island of Canna. A haven for those seeking solace and natural beauty. Enjoy long walks around the coastline with plenty of opportunities for wildlife watching and when the day ends, enjoy the celestial spectacle above you. The absence of light pollution makes it the ideal spot for stargazing and observing the cosmos.

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