Muck | Colin Nutt

About

The smallest of the four Small Isles has plenty to offer in terms of wildlife and landscapes, with panoramic views of other islands and views of the mainland. A low-lying fertile island, Muck has a rich history with past industry including kelp harvesting to make gunpowder. Visit the ancient cross or wander through the island and spot the island-bred ponies on the way. Muck is not connected to the National Grid and so generates its own power from the sun and the wind. That same coastal breeze and a lack of dense vegetation also mean that midges are much less common here than on many islands!

Famous For

  • Muck is recorded as the location of the last known sighting of a mermaid in the British Isles! Spotted in 1947 by an eighty-year-old fisherman, the mermaid was allegedly sitting combing her hair on a floating herring box used to preserve live lobsters in the sea, about twenty yards from the shore.

  • An early Christian cross found in the 7th century at A'Chill, near the deserted old village, is now on view in the community hall.

  • The island is well known for its well-managed livestock farm, comprising mainly of Luing cattle, and a Cheviot-based sheep flock. The stock are adapted to cope well with the climate, and thrive on the fertile pastures and hills rich in flora and fauna.

Ask an Islander

  • The island supported over 300 people in the early 1800s, many of whom harvested the kelp, which was in demand to make gunpowder. When the industry failed at the end of the Napoleonic Wars (1815), there was little to support the islanders, and many left or were forced to leave for Nova Scotia.

  • The entrance to Muck's harbour was once guarded by a Iron Age fort – Caisteal an Duin Bhain – which was built on a natural sea stack.

  • Up until 1922, there were no trees on Muck!

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation guide

Isle of Muck

More Information

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

Isle of Muck

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 operates year-round sailings between Mallaig on the mainland and Muck. Sailings may go via other islands. Visitor vehicles are not permitted.

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.