Scotland is itself part of an island, Britain, but did you know that there are almost 800 other islands within Scotland’s borders? They range in size from tiny offshore islets to Lewis and Harris, Scotland’s largest island at over 2,000 square kilometers.
The islands of Scotland each have their own personality, especially the 90 or so islands that are permanently inhabited by Scots. Most visitors to Scotland never make it out to the islands, which is a great shame since they offer some of the greatest natural beauty in Scotland, abundant wildlife, and some of the most interesting cultural sites in the country.
The major island groups in Scotland are:
Explore the geography of Scotland and find the best island to visit on your trip with our map of Scotland.
Photo credit: Neist Point, Isle of Skye by photojenni on Flickr