Eilean Shona is tucked into Loch Moidart just off the West coast of Scotland. The Ardnamurchan peninsula is to the south, the isles of Eigg, Muck and Rhum to the west and Skye to the north. It is two and a half miles long by one and a half wide with fifteen hundred acres of hill land and six hundred acres of woodland, three hundred acres of the woodland is made up of ancient and rare pine trees.
The Island is a wonderful natural haven for wild life, plants and many rare trees brought from distant shores over a hundred years ago. The island is criss-crossed with a network of secluded paths winding through acres of woodland and over the heather covered hills. Along its shore are numerous tiny inlets, coves and at every point there are breathtaking views forever changing with the tides and the season. This stunningly situated private island is free of cars with a secluded feel, making it a naturalist's paradise that is only ten minutes boat ride from the mainland.
Eilean Shona House and most of the cottages are nestled into the island's protected south east corner overlooking the loch. Shoe Bay, Shona's stunning beach is a blue lagoon when the tide is high and a vast white sandy bowl when the tide is out. There is a mighty hill to climb, reaching just shy of 1000 ft with fine views of the Western Isles. The entire island takes a good six hours to walk around or two or three hours by sea kayak. The topography from north to south and east to west varies enormously offering many diverse environments from the ragged Atlantic coast to the protected and magnificent channel to the north.
Castle Tioram was the traditional home of the Clanranalds and a key strategic asset in the Lord of the Isles defence of his demesnes. The castle ruins, a key feature of the region, can be seen through many cottage windows and as you walk and row along the south coast.
The Island abounds with wildlife: an array of seabirds, deer, seals, families of otters, nesting sea eagles, red squirrels and rare pine marten. Eilean Shona is a peaceful place – a calm and tranquil setting to relax, walk, paint, read, write, and indulge in bird-watching and sea otter spotting.