Eigg | Euan Morrison

About

The historic capital of the Small Isles, community-owned Eigg is known for its innovative renewables electricity grid based on water, wind and sun. With a thriving community and wealth of history and wildlife, there is plenty to explore – from historic caves and singing sands to creative courses and guided wildlife walks. Take your time to explore, heading north to the crofting area of Cleadale, where Eigg’s best beaches are situated.

Famous For

  • The island is owned by the community after the Eigg Heritage Trust completed Scotland's island community buy-out in 1997, a historic event commemorated by a stone pillar and bronze plaque in the pier area.

  • The island has some amazing geological features. The Sgurr of Eigg is the largest single piece of rock in the UK – part of a mile-long ridge, it was once a river valley, which was filled with lava from volcanoes on Skye some 54 million years ago.

  • Eigg has rich flower meadows, bluebell woodlands and varied birdlife, with 78 species of breeding birds, including the Golden Eagle and the White-Tailed (Sea) Eagle.

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  • Eigg Forestry Project is producing wood fuel for the island and plans to replant 10,000 trees over the next few years.

  • The best place to watch the sunset is Laig Beach, where you can admire the sun setting behind the Rum Cuillins.

  • As an off-grid island, Eigg’s own electricity grid is powered by several hydro schemes, a wind farm and a photovoltaic array with a back-up generator. Completed in 2008, the grid brought together these three sources of power for the first time ever!

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation guide

Isle of Eigg - accommodation

More Information

You can find some additional information about Eigg at the links below

Isle of Eigg

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


CalMac Ferries operate regular sailings to Eigg from Mallaig on the mainland in a service that connects all of the Small Isles. Some sailings go via other islands.

The MV Sheerwater operates regular passenger sailing to Eigg from Mallaig on the mainland, and onwards from Eigg to Muck and Rum.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.