The Isle of Eigg is one of the most beautiful Hebridean Islands. About five miles long by three miles wide, Eigg lies ten miles off the Scottish West coast, South of the Isle of Skye. The island has a fascinating history, superb wildlife and a vibrant community. Our journey time of around 80 minutes will take a direct route from Mallaig. Along the way, there will be opportunities to spot the diverse wildlife and as we near the isle of Eigg, Minke whales can be seen from time to time. They are to be found feeding in the waters off Muck and Eigg, thought to be drawn there by a confluence of the tides around Ardnamurchan and the abundance of food around the area.
Once berthed at Eigg harbour, the first sight of the pitchstone Sgurr looks a formidable climb but there is a well-established path suitable for most people with reasonable fitness and a bit of determination. We only recommend this walk in good weather conditions for reasons of safety and to allow you to benefit from the magnificent views both during the climb and on the summit. Expect 360 degree views over the other Small Isles, west to Barra and the Uists, north to the Skye Cuillin , east to the mountains of Lochaber and south to Ardnamurchan, Coll and Tiree.
The walk starts at Eigg harbour and, after climbing through attractive mixed woodland, breaks out onto the open hillside. The path is well defined but rocky in places. It winds its way up the eastern shoulder of the hill before reaching a plateau area to the north of the main outcrop and summit ridge.
The final section involves a short, steep ascent onto the broad summit ridge. This is flanked by sheer cliffs which add to the grandeur and emphasise the 1000 foot height gain since leaving the boat. We return by the same route and, after the hiking has been completed, the visitor has the option to dine onboard the vessel with our Luxury seafood lunch at an additional cost of £50pp or eat at the local café. On the return journey, the vessel will slowly cruise along the east side to view the island’s shoreline, wildlife and caves.
This is a mountain walk and you will require suitable footwear, warm clothing and a wind/waterproof jacket since conditions can quickly change. You will also need to follow the instructions of your guide with regard to safety on the summit.
Mountain leaders can be supplied at the visitor’s request!