Inner Hebrides

The Inner Hebrides are an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean on the north west coast of Scotland. Most of the Inner Hebrides are part of the Argyll & Bute Council, while the Isle of Skye and small neighboring islands to the Highland Council are. From the north-west Outer Hebrides separate them, among other things, the Little Minch Straits and North Minch.

The Inner Hebrides have become a popular tourist area. Special attractions are the islands of Skye, Iona, was Christianized from which Scotland and Staffa.


At the Inner Hebrides include, from north to south, the following islands.

Skye and the neighboring islands

(clockwise from north)

  • Skye
  • Trodday
  • Rona
  • Raasay
  • Scalpay
  • Crowlin Islands
  • Longay
  • Pabay
  • Soay
  • Wiay
  • Isay
  • Ascrib Islands

Lying south of Skye Isles

  • Canna
  • Sanday
  • Rum
  • Eigg
  • Muck

(clockwise from north)

Lying south of Mull Islands

The ten largest islands of the Inner Hebrides

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The predominant rocks are of volcanic origin. It can be found gneisses, granites and Tertiary volcanic rocks such as basalt. The most recent of these rocks are about 60 million years old. The landscape was formed by glaciers.

The Black Cuillins on Skye consist of gabbro, the Red Hills granite. On Skye in limestone and sandstone are found from the Jurassic. The Mountain The Storr and the bizarre, erect towering rock Old Man of Storr are relics of that time.


A main source of income, tourism represents the Inner Hebrides are also known for numerous whiskey brands such as Laphroaig and Talisker. On the island of Islay, the number of distilleries is particularly high.


Especially on Islay Sunday is celebrated as a day of rest and observed as a day of rest. The climax of the church; apart from public life comes to a virtual standstill.