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The Isle of Muck

Come to the Isle of Muck to get away, relax, and enjoy the wonderful wildlife and scenery. Muck is a small island on the west coast of Scotland, and together with its neighbours, Eigg, Rum and Canna, they form the Small Isles. The island is about two miles long by one mile wide with a population of 38 people.

Things to see and do

Beinn Airein

Walking

Muck is easy to walk around, with its rolling fertile landscape. The highest point is Beinn Airein (at 451ft) which is a relatively easy walk to the top (more challenging from the west side). Other walks might include visiting Horse Island at low tide, where many sea birds nest, including the island’s only puffins. There is some opportunity for rock climbing on the island, at Camas Mor. A map of island walks is available from the Craft Shop.

Cycling

Bikes are an ideal way to travel from one end of the island to the other, and visitors are very welcome to bring their bikes.

On the Water

Gallanach bay provides a beautiful safe harbour for water sports, and visitors are more than welcome to bring sailing dinghy’s, diving gear and other water sports equipment. The waters around Muck offer some excellent diving opportunities. Mackerel are usually plentiful in July and August.

Wildlife

Muck has a rich and diverse wildlife. For full details please refer to the Isle of Muck Guide Book, available from the Craft Shop.

Around 40 species of birds breed regularly on Muck, and a further dozen or so occasionally. The marine life is particularly rich and interesting due to the Gulf Stream, and includes a number of crabs, small purple sea urchins, and the only British Coral, the “Cup Coral”. Grey Atlantic seals are commonly seen around the shores and Common seals occasionally. Porpoises and Minke whales are also commonly seen, and Basking sharks can also be spotted in late summer (these are plankton feeders and perfectly harmless!).

A number of species were never introduced to Muck, including deer and rabbits.

For more information about the island visit www.isleofmuck.com