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Mingulay is an uninhabited island sitting right at the southern tip of the island chain that makes up the Outer Hebrides. With a history of settlement stretching back over millennia, the last Mingulay islanders were finally forced to abandon their windswept home in 1912. Today, this desolate, but beautiful island is owned by the National Trust for Scotland and is popular with sailors, naturalists and rock climbers drawn to this remote archipelago by the rich birdlife and towering sea-cliffs.

Mingulay, and in some instances the small nearby islands of Pabbay and Barra Head (also known as Berneray), can be visited on boat tours or boat charters from Barra and Uist. The dramatic cliffs and sea stacks ensure the sea approaches are breath-taking, and no doubt bring to mind the lyrics of the famous ‘Mingulay Boat Song’, written in 1938, which imagines the islanders rowing back home one last time. For an adventure on the edge of the Highlands and Islands, there can be no better.

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