Isle of Eigg

The community owned Isle of Eigg is a diverse island with coastal land, farmland, willow and hazel scrub, native woodland, raised bog and moorland. Wildflowers and arctic-alpines flourish here, otters forage along the coastline and birds of prey soar high above. Seals, dolphins and minke whales are often spotted from the ferry and over 200 species of birds have been recorded on the island. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views from the Sgurr.

Why visit?

Guided nature walks in the summer with our Isle of Eigg Ranger:

Wednesdays between May-August

Join our Isle of Eigg Ranger on a guided nature walk every Wednesday between May-August. Meet at 11am at the Old Shop Museum. Route is decided on the day and usually takes 3-4 hours.

Mondays between June-August

Join our Isle of Eigg Ranger on a guided summer nature walk every Monday between June-August. Route is decided on the day and usually takes 1.5 hours. Meet at 2pm at the Standing Stone at the Pier.

What to bring:

Wear outdoor boots and clothing suitable for the weather and bring drinking water, a packed lunch (Monday walks) or snacks and some curiosity!


Best time to visit?

  • All year for stunning views
  • May and Jun for birds
  • May and Jun for spring flowers
  • Jul to Sep for marine mammals

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • wildflowers
  • coasts
  • geology
  • scenery
  • archaeology

Other information

The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a member of the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust, which manages much of the island.


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How to get there


The nearest mainland town is Mallaig, some 16 miles from Eigg by the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry. Access is for foot passengers only; cars cannot be taken. To reach Mallaig, take the A82 north from Fort William and about 1.25 miles from the town turn west (left) onto the A830. During the summer months, a private ferry runs each day except Thursday from Arisaig, about 9 miles south of Mallaig. This ferry will stop when whales or dolphins are spotted.

Get directions

Getting onto the reserve

From the ferry, head to the shop where there is an interpretation panel and various guides for walkers.

Access restrictions

Access to this island is by ferry. For sailing details, visit or

Nearest town
Mallaig (13 mi / 20.9 km)
OS grid ref
Landranger map


About Isle of Eigg

Out & about

Nearby reserves
Rahoy Hills
Shian Wood

Links & downloads

Reserve leaflet

Reserve map


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