A perfect adventure island
Every adventure within one hour's walk or kayak from the main house. And in the main house – to wallow in a monster bath, and then to sink into a sofa with a glass of fino and ponder the morrow: With muffled oar and binoculars ready, to stalk the seal or sea eagle. To climb Beinn a' Bhàillidh and from on high to shout the names of the Western isles from South to North - Muck, Eigg, Rhum and the mighty Cuillins of Skye. To walk the paths until you come to Shoe Bay, the most idyllic spot surely in all the West, as the sun sinks gently down and the tide creeps in across the golden sand. And then back to the house for that bath again, and then dinner and then…..ponder the morrow before honest, natural lassitude overwhelms you.
Something for everybody
This island surely has something for everybody. Whether in search of peace and solitude, inspiration or relaxation It is here waiting for you. We found an endless array of beautiful walks, crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches to picnic on. We saw deer and otters, sea eagles and woodpeckers. We ate delicious locally sourced food and were completely spoiled by Paul and Kate. We will definitely return to this secret paradise.
Nurture the creative soul
Gauguin might have had to go to Tahiti to find inspiration but take it from me you will find everything you need to nurture the creative soul on Shona. The fantastic northern light, beautiful white sandy beach and sparkling turquoise sea will give you a palette of colours and moods the like of which you've never seen before. Tucked away from the rest of the world, free to totally relax and enjoy complete privacy, you can give into the muse which is there waiting. And at the end of a busy day painting or writing or walking through the ancient moss covered forests you can cozy up in stylish, warm and luxurious Eilean Shona House and feast on the freshest of seafood. Better than any boutique hotel, fabulous for any party or romantic get away. The island suits everybody and is perfect to share with friends, for families looking for Swallows and Amazons, teenagers, toddlers, foodies, yoga fanatics, just anybody looking for a good time in a beautiful unique magical mysterious place! The only downside is like Gauguin you might find it hard to leave!
It was hot in May that year, and we swam off Shona's sandy bays and painted every texture and colour we could muster. We walked across the island, up the mountain (maybe its a hill) and lost all sight of the outside world. The clearest light, silken sunsets, sapphire sea, crystal cold and bracing contrasting always with the soft moss and tapestry of flowers on the shore. It's a truly enchanted island, where we got insanely lost without ever losing sight of the ruin across the water and had a real adventure.
Words cannot describe
Eilean Shona, a verdant and unspoiled island, nestles at the entrance to Loch Moidart on the West Coast of Scotland. Far away on the horizon the Isle of Eigg hovers, and to the north the Isle of Skye lingers. Getting there takes some commitment, an hour’s drive from Fort William, through farmland and forests, twisty roads meandering through picturesque villages. Then a private road to Dorlin Pier, where an inflatable boat perhaps piloted by the inestimable Paul awaits you. Much has been written about Shona, and J. S. Barrie’s descriptions of Neverland were drawn from its woods and dells during his retreats there in the 1920s. Once you’ve crossed over, passing Castle Tioram, you set foot on an isle of breathtaking isolation. Since 1995 the island has been owned by the Devereux-Branson family, guardians of its tranquility, who have upgraded the few structures to a level of natural comfort. Go for the wildness, for the invigorating walks, the lofty view from a Neolithic menhir which overlooks the approach to the sea. Get married there, book the entire island for your corporate retreat, escape with your partner for a romantic getaway. Words cannot describe the place, so let the pictures tantalize. The real thing is better than a fairy tale.