The Small Isles (Scottish Gaelic: Na h-Eileanan Beaga) are a small archipelago of islands in the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland. They lie south of Skye and north of Mull and Ardnamurchan – the most westerly point of mainland Scotland.
The islands now form part of Lochaber, in the Highland council area. Canna, Rùm and Muck were historically part of the counties of Argyll; Eigg was historically part of Inverness-shire until 1891, and all of the Small Isles were in Inverness-shire, from 1891 to 1975.
Smaller islands surrounding the main four include:
There are also a number of skerries:
Pier pressure pays off as islanders take the dry route to the shore; Residents of the Small Isles can leave their wellies at home
Sep 01, 2004; THE 32 residents of the island of Muck have already begun to reap the benefits of their share of a (pounds) 30m transport...