The Southern Hebrides include the islands of Mull and Iona in the north, the islands of Coll and Tiree in the west, the Slate Islands in the north east, Gigha in the south east and the islands of Islay, Jura and Colonsay in the south west. In Gaelic the islands are called Na h-Eileanan a-staigh which means the inner isles. The islands in the Southern Hebrides have so much to offer and each island is unique. Where Islay is home to a number of whisky distilleries, on Jura the two hundred people are outnumbered by the almost seven thousand red deer that inhabit this wild and stunning island. Colonsay has beautiful white beaches, while Mull offers high mountains such as Ben Mor and is home to nesting White Tailed Sea Eagles. Mull’s main port of Tobermory is one of the most picturesque villages in the west of Scotland and is definitely a place that you will want to visit. Nearby Iona is the place where Columba came to the Inner Hebrides in 563 and founded a monastery. On one of the Garvellachs, there are also amazing ruins of an ancient monastery, and you can explore the isle of Gigha, owned by it’s inhabitants and having, like several other islands, very beautiful gardens which can be visited.