Continuing our summer season of blogs covering the islands surrounding us here in Elgol. This week is the turn of the beautiful Island of Eigg. Eigg is visible from Elgol and accessible via one of the boat trips which depart from Elgol shore.
The island is less than 6 miles long, just over 3 miles wide and is the most populated of the small islands we are covering in these blog posts. The size of Eigg in no way compromises the wonderful, rich variety of wildlife. Otters, various birds and birds of prey, seals, dolphins and minke whales are some of the inhabitants of Eigg you may just encounter if you so wish to take the trip to this beautiful island.
It has been said that the history of the island is somewhat colourful, with ownership of the land changing hands a number of times. The resolution in 1997 was a buy-out campaign fronted by islanders, wildlife lovers and Scottish patriots who wanted the best for the island. Eigg was successfully handed over to the islanders and their partners in the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust in a pioneering buy-out. A 60 million-year old lava pillar commemorating this historic event sits on the pier of Eigg.
Since this time, Eigg has steadily grown in both population and economy. The shift of inhabitants having a say in how the island is ran has ensured a stable environment with many housing and employment opportunities. As is the case will many villages, towns and islands on Skye, the community is at the very heart of what makes these places so welcoming, ensuring bright futures for inhabitants old and new.
In terms of landscape, the island is dominated by a pitchstone ridge named An Sgurr, the largest of its kind in Europe. The bay, named Laig bay, is a large white beach which faces the Cuillins of Rum. The views from this point are simply breathtaking, and don’t miss the Singing Sands, a stunning quartz beach which actually “sings” to you as you walk along. Eigg is quite simply beautiful with many cultural and historical attractions, community and scenery awaits you. We highly recommend it.