I is for Inner Hebrides

The Hebrides Image credit: Kelisi via Wikimedia
The Hebrides
Image credit: Kelisi via Wikimedia

The Hebrides is an archipelago off the west coast of Scotland (sometimes known as the Western Isles) and is divided into Inner and Outer (see map). There are 36 inhabited islands in the Inner Hebrides, of which I’ve visited a handful, and many more uninhabited. There are pictures below of:

Skye – The Quirang

Mull – the colourful houses of Tobermory which starred in the children’s TV series as Balamory. From Mull you can take boat trips to smaller islands such as Staffa, home to Fingal’s Cave of Mendelssohn’s overture fame, and the Treshnish Isles which are great for birdwatchers – see the puffin on Lunga, for example.

Islay – most famous for its multitude of distilleries, two of which are shown here. The Kildalton Cross is the only surviving complete Celtic cross in Scotland and dates from about 800 AD. I love that I’ve also got the mobile library in shot in Bowmore.

Arran – a stone circle on Machrie Moor.

Anyone guess what O is going to be?


  1. I’ve never been to Scotland, hopefully I’ll make it there someday. I just checked I’ve been a bunch of places but none that you’ve posted about for A-Z!


  2. Anabel, I have never been able to visit these isles. I would love to spend a summer traipsing about and camping…beautiful photos!


  3. Oh you saw a puffin! I’m so jealous. I’d love to visit the Western Isles someday – there’s just too much on my list 🙂 Great post for I


    • I so wanted O to be Orkney and S to be Shetland – but I can’t find the photographs! It was pre-digital and I’ve turned out all the boxes in the loft to no avail. Shame.