Tourist Information in Isle of Skye
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Eigg (Isles) Town Information

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This tiny island was purchased from its private German owner in 1997 by the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust - a conservation group which included local crofters, the Highland Council and the Scottish Wildlife Trust - following a public appeal. Mains electricity finally arrived in 2008.

Covering a mere 12 square miles, Eigg was cleared of people in the 19th century to make way for sheep farming. Its most remarkable feature is a 1,300ft sheer rock, the Sgurr of Eigg.

eigg the nose an sgurr
The nose an Squrr -
Photo: Mick Garratt CCL

The main settlement, Cleadale, has a ‘singing’ beach which makes a noise when the dry sand is trampled underfoot. The monastery at Kildonan was the scene of a famous massacre in the 7th century when the Irish missionary, St Donan, and his monks were slaughtered by Pictish women built like Amazons. In the 16th century the island’s MacDonald clan was killed by suffocation when their arch-enemies, the MacLeods, lit a fire at the entrance of a cave in which had taken refuge.