What are the best ways to travel around the Inner Hebrides?
A few islands, such as Coll, are just about small enough to explore on foot, while others, including Iona, don’t even allow cars.
There are bus services on some of the bigger islands, including Mull and Islay, but they mainly serve key hub points across the islands.
In order to have the freedom to explore, visiting remote beaches and wildlife spots, a car is essential. Roads on some of the islands are a bit rough, though.
How much money do you need to take to the Inner Hebrides?
The main cost of travelling around the Inner Hebrides is buying ferry tickets. Ferries are reasonably priced, but if you’re travelling to several islands, which often involves travelling back and forth to Oban, then costs soon mount up.
Accommodation varies in price. At the lower end, a camping pitch at Garden House Campsite on Coll costs £9 per night, for example, though wild camping is possible on many of the islands. A good pub meal (with drinks) costs about £20 per person.
Where are the best places to stay on the Inner Hebrides?
Where to stay in Oban
Falls of Lora Hotel, a short drive outside Oban, has a traditional, Scotland-of-old feel, with B&B doubles from £98 per night, while modern boutique hotel Perle Oban lies close to the ferry terminal; doubles from £119 per night.
Where to stay in Coll
Garden House Campsite on Coll (01879 230374) is a sheltered campsite within a walled garden for £9 per night, or stay at Coll Hotel, which is known for its seafood; doubles from £110 per night.
Where to stay in Mull
Mull’s Penny Gate Lodge is a lovely, warm, upmarket B&B in Craignure and is close to the ferry terminal; doubles from £130 per night – ask for the highest room.
Luxurious Linndhu House, close to Tobermory, is another excellent option on Mull; B&B doubles also from £130 per night.
Where to stay in Islay
Port Charlotte Holidays have self-catering accommodation available in Islay for short breaks. Sanaigmore Cottage, for example, is a comfy, modern home-away-from-home with a kitchen, lounge, dining room and plenty of space for a family or group of friends; prices from £995 for seven nights.
Where to stay in Colonsay
Creag Nan Ubhal is a cosy B&B up in the north of Colonsay, and lies close to the sands of Kiloran Beach; B&B doubles from £75 per night.