There is a huge range of activities on offer on Eilean Shona, from building camp fires, crabbing, swimming, painting, picnicking, kayaking, nature watching, photography and walking.
To view a handy list of local organisations and links click here
Eilean Shona has a number of beautiful and varied walks. The island is about 2.5 miles by 1 mile. To walk around the entire coast takes a good 5 hours. Be aware that to navigate the Atlantic coastline is not for the faint hearted: there is no marked trail and plenty of boulder leaping and cliff scrabbling. However, to get from A to B, the rest of the island has a network of paths – some clearer than others.
Swimming in Eilean Shona's pristine waters is one of the glories of the world. At first paddle, the water feels very cold indeed but again we recommend you persevere. Wear a swimming cap – if your head is warm you have nothing to fear. When swimming off the pier check which direction the tide is pulling and set off up tide. Be sure to have a friend there to hold a towel and check you're back safely on dry land.
Ideas for days out:
Hike up Ben Nevis
Visit Rhum and Eigg, and tour Kinloch Castle
Take the ferry to Skye, visit Dunvegan Castle
Take the Harry Potter Steam train from Fort William to Mallaig and back.
We are excited to be holding a couple of 5 day retreats on Eilean Shona in September 2017. Courses, led by experienced teachers, will focus on exploring creativity in this unique island setting - cut off from the world and all its stresses, immersed in nature and surrounded by wildlife. Retreats are aimed at both the beginner and those with more experience.
Writing Our Lives 7-12th Sept with award winning writer Amy Liptrot
Unlock Your Creativity 14-19th Sept with Ellis O’Connor and Florence Devereux
and coming in 2018
Living Mindfully and Reconnecting with Naturewith Caspar Walsh, dates to be announced