Successful tip: Rum – it’s the true SkyeIt requires effort and planning to get to Rum, and it has few amenities, which suggests the island has nothing just like the crowds of its huge brother over the water. I had my best day’s strolling ever traversing the primary three peaks within the Rum Cuillin vary, and my greatest journey expertise staying within the Guirdil bothy on a seashore on the north-western coast. Then there’s Kinloch Fort, the decaying pile constructed by a Lancashire textile magnate. His grandiose mausoleum is effectively value a go to too – by bike throughout former deer-stalking tracks.Paul KirkwoodFreshwater isle, Loch LomondLooking throughout Loch Lomond from Inchmurrin, with Ben Lomond within the distance. {Photograph}: Mark Williams/AlamyA 40-minute drive from Glasgow will take you to the ferry for Inchmurrin island, one in all Loch Lomond’s gems, which hosts good self-catering lodging, an awesome bar and restaurant, stunning seashores and super-clear water. The neighbouring islands of Inchconnachan and Inchcailloch have colonies of purple wallaby – launched within the Nineteen Twenties – and white deer respectively. The ferry journey from Luss pier to Inchcailloch is beautiful, although you’ll want your personal boat or kayak to get to Inchconnachan.Jayne PearsonProfileReaders’ suggestions: ship a tip for an opportunity to win a £200 voucher for a Sawday’s stayShow Guardian Journey readers’ tipsEvery week we ask our readers for suggestions from their travels. A collection of suggestions will probably be featured on-line and will seem in print. To enter the newest competitors go to the readers’ suggestions homepage-Thanks on your suggestions.Scotland in miniature: Isle of ArranView throughout the Firth of Clyde from the Witch’s step, Isle of Arran. {Photograph}: Christian Heintzen/AlamyThis island has the whole lot you want. Scenic coastal paths on the west coast takes you to Kings Cave (a claimed Robert the Bruce hideout); the rugged mountains of the north have walks up the favored Goat Fell; and there’s extra adventurous scrambling throughout the A’Chir ridge or the Witch’s Step on Caisteal Abhail. For a extra leisurely day, there’s the unique Arran distillery in Lochranza (a brand new one has additionally been opened in Lagg) and a tremendous pub with a fair wider collection of whisky within the village. The encircling sea is attractive for swimming in – and a pleasant seal or otter would possibly come to say whats up.Darren AtkinsonCooler Caribbean, BarraTangasdale Seashore, Isle Barra. {Photograph}: AlamyIf you added a couple of palm bushes, you may be within the Caribbean. However in truth you’re on a seashore in Barra, with glowing white sand and blue-green sea, and on the Hebridean coast the water isn’t even chilly. However there’s a lot extra – for instance, the quick boat journey to Kisimul Fort, seat of the MacNeils, the one medieval fort within the Hebrides, courting again to the period when the ocean was the primary freeway and islands weren’t remoted. There are walks on the hills, standing stones and graveyards to go to, the neighbouring island of Vatersay with its personal fascinating historical past, the bus to Eoligarry to see the planes touchdown on the seashore at low tide. And the sky – at all times the altering sky, and the ocean.Barbara ForbesTwo hours on IonaHouses by the seashore, Iona. {Photograph}: Keith Sutherland/Getty ImagesMy favorite time of day on Iona is 6.15pm, when the island turns into quiet. The final of the day trippers have left on the ferry to Fionnphort, on Mull. That is the time to go for a swim and take up the daylight in an after-swim snooze on a sandy seashore or discover rock swimming pools for crabs. Time goes slowly while you comply with the ultimate journey of the traditional Scottish kings alongside Sràid nam Marbh – the Road of the Useless. This cobbled observe results in Reilig Odhráin the cemetery simply in time for evensong on the Abbey subsequent door at a 8.15pm.Monique GadellaWhere eagles dare, MingulayGrey seals on Mingulay seashore. {Photograph}: AlamySt Kilda apart, I can’t consider a wilder UK island than uninhabited Mingulay on the southern tip of the Outer Hebrides. The journey to it ( £50 for a six-hour spherical journey from Barra together with three hours ashore with Mingulay Boat Journeys) passes a few of the UK’s highest sea cliffs and a splendid array of birdlife: guillemots, razor payments, terns and sea eagles. I noticed 9 of the latter! My first view of the island was its huge seashore lined in seals, with puffins darting out and in of their clifftop burrows. Within the distance was a derelict schoolhouse, deserted in 1912 – a reminder that people are actually solely guests to this place. Nathanael KentSeabird central, NorthumberlandEuropean shag with chick, Farne Islands. {Photograph}: Andre Gilden/AlamyMy primary must be Northumberland’s rugged Farne Islands, the place huge colonies of birds congregate on the rocky cliff faces. On a summer time day journey from Seahouses, we noticed puffins, shags, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, arctic terns and eider geese. The boat captain additionally managed to get us up near 1000’s of gray seals basking on the rocks. Alison FieldChapel within the sands, Morecambe BayChapel Island in Morecambe Bay. {Photograph}: John Davidson/AlamyChapel Island in Morecambe Bay is a tiny island you may get to – on guided walks solely – to when the tide is at its lowest. You’re feeling an awesome sense of nature at its greatest and at its most perilous! However when you arrive bare-footed you go searching and get nice views of the Lake District mountains within the distance and the encompassing shoreline. The Island has no buildings or inhabitants, however for one or two days a 12 months we get to be kings and queens of the place.Jackie DonsonCar-free bliss, HermThe Mermaid Tavern on Herm. {Photograph}: David Askham/AlamyIf seeing empty roads within the early days of lockdown was one thing you loved, Herm Island is simply the place to go to. Vehicles and bicycles are banned, however because the island is only a mile and a half lengthy, you received’t miss them. The native gardens are celebrated by the RHS and many types of flowers develop right here due to the gentle local weather. The one pub, the Mermaid Tavern manages to really feel prefer it “belongs” to the island’s handful of residents, with out feeling unwelcoming to guests.Paul JonesSqueaking sands and singing monks, CaldeyMonastery buildings on Caldey Island, Pembrokeshire. {Photograph}: Simon Whaley/AlamyCaldey Island is off the coast of Pembrokeshire. A 20-minute boat journey from Tenby (£14) takes you to the golden Priory Bay seashore, the place the sand grains are completely spherical, so that they squeak while you stroll throughout them. Limestone cliffs home cormorants and oystercatchers, whereas seals bob in rocky bays under. Thrift blooms over the headlands, and hedgerows are lined with blackberries and gorse. Caldey Abbey stands tall over the village inexperienced, alongside a tiny put up workplace and cellphone field. And keep in mind to control the treetops – there are purple squirrels right here.Jemima Childs