Isle of Gigha


Introducing Gigha

This is part of a series of photography blogs, featuring some of my favourite places in Scotland to photograph. This one features Gigha, the most southernly of the Hebridean islands. There are just 160 residents on the island, who came together for a community buy out of it in 2002. 

I first visited Gigha whilst staying at Tarbert on Loch Fyne. Visiting Gigha is an excellent day trip.


Getting To Gigha

The small island is just a few miles off of the west coast in Kintyre and can be reached by a ferry from Tayinloan. The ferry journey is just 20 minutes and there is free parking at Tayinloan if you don’t want to take your car.

Gigha Ferry

Gigha Ferry

The island is best explored by bike. If you can’t take yours with you then there is an activity centre just as you get off the ferry, with bike hire available. 

The island is only 6 miles long and these photographs are of the wonderful beach that you will find at the eastern end of the island. To get there just cycle onto the island, taking a right at the junction.

As you get towards the end of the island you will see the beaches in the distance. Look out for a field with cars parked, leave your bike or your car there and then walk along a (sometimes) muddy path to the beaches. 

The Boathouse

A quick mention for the excellent (and very popular) Boathouse Restaurant, if you’re visiting I’d recommend booking in advance. They specialise in freshly caught seafood.

Gigha Boathouse Restaurant

Gigha Boathouse Restaurant


Paul Saunders is a Professional Photographer. Based in Loch Lomond he photographs weddings, people and businesses throughout Scotland. See also his Marketing and See Loch Lomond websites. Scroll through the series of Scottish photography blogs below.

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