Isles Beyond Skye: Discovering a Little-Known Paradise

When you’re visiting somewhere as majestic as the Scottish Isles, rediscovering paradise is easy
When you’re visiting somewhere as majestic as the Scottish Isles, rediscovering paradise is easy | © CP Creatives
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After months spent indoors, Rona McMillan and her friends went on an off-the-beaten track trip to the Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebrides, discovering little-known paradises to disconnect in.

An oasis of dramatic peninsulas and spacious beaches epitomise Scotland’s idyllic isles. They’re remote enough to feel like far-distant lands, but close enough to make them an enticing destination that shows the wild, free-spirited beauty of the region – from the sandy shores to the turquoise waters, which have a way of seeping into your being. The outstanding natural beauty is the main draw, where roads meander parallel to the crystal-clear ocean, and the flow of towering waterfalls provides an ambient soundtrack to the peaceful surroundings.

The Isle of Skye is known for its beautiful, breathtaking scenery

“Not everyone associates [Scotland] with paradise,” says Rona McMillan, who hails from the northwest coast of Scotland. “Some people think crystal-clear waters are a long flight away.”

Rona was keen to show her friends that they could find paradise in Scotland

Taking in the dramatic coastline and swimming beneath waterfalls in Glen Etive, Rona and her friends began to slow down, and enjoyed taking deep breaths of fresh air again. Watching the sunset over the beautiful and wild vistas of the Isle of Skye brought a sense of tranquility. And when they reached the Outer Hebrides, the group discovered a secluded beach only revealed at low tide.

Scotland’s world-famous islands prove paradise is just around the corner

“It was here, with miles of white sands and rich green and blue waters, that we felt reconnected with the outdoors again,” says Rona. “It’s been a joy spending time with friends in paradise – a paradise I call home.”

Reconnect with your essential nature through exploring our local UK paradise.

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