Luing | Chaotic Scot


Luing’s conservation villages, old slate quarries and abundant wildlife are perfect for exploring on foot or bike, meaning you can work up an appetite to sample the fantastic local produce on offer. Discover a wild landscape populated with crofts and farms, ruined castles and Pictish settlements, ancient religious sites, secluded coves, fresh-water lochs and magnificent starry skies at night. Hidden trails will lead you off the beaten track and into a scenic landscape rich in wildlife and impressive geological features.

Did you know that the name Luing is taken directly from Gaelic?

Famous For

  • Luing's roofing slate industry underpinned the economy of the island for many years until 1965. Stunning quarry faces, deep quarry pools and slate beaches remain.

  • The island's red-brown Luing cattle was first bred on the island by the Cadzow brothers in 1947. The cattle have free rein of the island within their family groups.

  • The conservation villages of Cullipool and Toberonochy are populated by neat rows of whitewashed houses built originally for slate workers.

Ask an Islander

  • The island’s volunteer Home Bakers Cooperative delivers delicious cakes and bakes around the island and supplies Luing Stores and the café at the Atlantic Islands Centre.

  • Make sure to check out the ever-changing slate sculptures on the beach at Cullipool created by locals and visitors. Why not make your own?

  • The ruined Kilchattan old parish church, with 13th century boat graffiti, has wonderful views across the southern end of Luing to the mountainous island of Scarba.


Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation

Isle of Luing - accommodation

More Information

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

Isle of Luing


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


In order to keep our island communities safe during the ongoing pandemic, please check the latest guidance from the Scottish Government about travelling to and around the islands. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Argyll and Bute Council operates regular sailings from Port Cuan on the Isle of Seil to Luing throughout the day. Seil is connected to the mainland by a bridge and buses run between Oban on the mainland and Ellenabeich.

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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.

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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.

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