Isle of Muck
The island of Muck lies 2 ½ miles to the south west of Eigg and measures approx 2 miles long by a mile wide. From the jetty at Port Mor where we land a road runs across the island to Gallanach. This is an easy walk with stunning views across the water to the islands of Eigg and Rum, and takes about 25 minutes if you don’t venture off the road to explore.
As you approach Gallanach you are rewarded with the sight of some of the islands beautiful beaches: there are 6 sandy beaches on the island. From here you can climb Ben Airean (451′), and when conditions are right you can see the islands of Skye, Coll, Tiree, Barra, Eriskay, Vatersay and South Uist amongst others from the summit.
Horse Island, which is only accessible at low water, lies just of Gallanach and is home to many nesting sea birds including the islands Puffin Colony. Puffins generally lay their eggs during May, and throughout June and early July the birds are very active flying to and from their burrows with food for the chicks. Puffins are regularly seen in the waters around the island from the Sheerwater when she is visiting the islands at this time. There is plenty to do whatever time of year you visit, during July and August mackerel are usually abundant for those interested in a spot of fishing and throughout the year various courses are run on the island including basket weaving details of which you can find out about from their website.
Muck has also recently introduced field sports and during the winter months family run shoots are available which offer exciting shooting combined with first class hospitality based at the custom built Gallanach Lodge. Highland Ponies are also bred on Muck on a small scale and are available for sale, some of the original Highland ponies originated from the isle of Rum, where they were used to carry culled stags and hinds of the hill. All foals are registered with the Highland Pony Society.
Various forms of accommodation are on offer from self-catering and B&B to the Bunkhouse or even a Yurt! More information on walks, accommodation and the island is available from the Tea Room & Craft Shop which is just a short walk from where we land. The Tea Room offers locally sourced homemade food including freshly caught shellfish from around the island: they also have an excellent range of home baking not to be missed! You can also purchase various cuts of succulent Isle of Muck Lamb and Lamb Burgers; cuts are sold frozen and are available from the Tea Room & Craft Shop.