Gigha

The Isle of Gigha is a tiny island on the Western side of the Kintyre peninsula. It is accessible by the car and passenger ferry, operated by Caledonian MacBrayne, from Tayinloan on the Scottish mainland.

The island has a long and rich history. Originally controlled by the Norse peoples, the island would later become part of Scotland as the Dalriadic Kingdom was established. The population of Gigha has fluctuated throughout the course of history, from 700 people in the 18th century, through 90 people at the very beginning of the 20th century, to 150 people nowadays.

Gigha is popular with wildlife enthusiasts. It is especially interesting for birdwatchers – there is a wide variety of birds on the island. You can see a number of different species of birds on and around the island, including sea birds such as Guillemot and Eider. In addition, Gigha is well known for those looking for the sites of ancient shipwrecks – there are plenty such spots all around the island.


The Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Tayinloan to Gigha.

One of the best attractions on the island are the huge Achamore Gardens – consisting of more than 50 acres of land. Here you can find both peace in the shadow of large trees, and unforgettable landscapes for your photo collection. Among the species for which the Gardens are home are rhododendrons and azaleas.

Gigha is the historic centre of the Clan MacNeill. For those descended from the MacNeills who are interested in their own family history, this is certainly an interesting place to visit. Gigha, to this day, is still a stronghold for the Gaelic language, and most of the islanders are themselves Gaelic speakers. You will find Gigha a fruitful place to visit if you are a student of the language, practising with the locals, or if you would simply like to hear this rare tongue being spoken in a natural setting.

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