The Scots Magazine

Explore Scotland’s Islands

This Outer Hebridean isle is the perfect spot for natural beauty

- By SCOTT PATERSON

ASTUNNING island of almost exotic beauty, Vatersay is the southernmo­st inhabited island of the Outer Hebrides. Measuring only 4.8km (three miles) from north to south and 5.6km (3.5 miles) from west to east, Vatersay might be small but it certainly packs in a lot.

The isle’s most striking features are its pristine white sandy beaches and piercing blue waters. West Bay and the eastern Vatersay Bay wouldn’t look out of place in a far-flung holiday destinatio­n – proof that you don’t have to travel too far for that exotic beach break.

You can also take the coastal trails to spot flocks of puffins, guillemots and gannets that frequent the island.

More sombre, but equally fascinatin­g things to see on the isle include two monuments. These commemorat­e the 1853 Annie Jane maritime disaster, where 450 emigrants were lost off the coast of Vatersay on their way to Canada, and the RAF Catalina plane crash in 1944.

Interestin­g architectu­re on the island includes an Iron Age broch and a Bronze Age cemetery.

Vatersay is also connected by causeway to the nearby island of Barra, making it perfect for a spot of Outer Hebridean island hopping.

Vatersay’s wildlife and spectacula­r beaches that rival the Seychelles make it an unmissable destinatio­n.

“Pristine white sandy beaches and piercing waters” blue

Next month, explore the island of Iona

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Below: Spot puffins on Vatersay’s coast
Bottom: Beaches around every corner
Below Left: Gannets frequent the isle
Left: Vatersay Bay Below: Spot puffins on Vatersay’s coast Bottom: Beaches around every corner Below Left: Gannets frequent the isle
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The clear, shallow waters are perfect for kayaking
The cairn at West Bay The clear, shallow waters are perfect for kayaking
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Sunrise from Vatersay
The Annie Jane memorial Sunrise from Vatersay

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