West and north of the British mainland, several hundred islands pierce the north Atlantic to create a wonderland of seabird-speckled cliffs, towering sea stacks, secret waterways, glorious mountains and windswept moors.
Remote and often uninhabited, the Scottish Isles have sheltered some of our planet’s greatest wanderers – from migrant birds to Vikings, outcasts to explorers. From Orkney’s fertile farmlands to Shetland’s rocky shores, from the mournful beauty of the Outer Hebrides to the remote outliers like Foula and St Kilda; the Scottish Isles offer remarkable diversity within a relatively short distance.
Neolithic sites scarcely altered in 5,000 years and pondering the mystery of huge monoliths that marked seasonal change scatter the landscapes. Ancient crofting communities, picturesque villages and castles that were once strongholds of Scottish clans provide insight into some of the country's vast history. And home to the world’s largest seabird colonies, raucous places filled with gannets, fulmars, arctic terns and delightful puffins, the islands also have a brilliant reputation for their wildlife.
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