Eilean Shona is a car-free wilderness haven. Days are filled with cooking and drinking around campfires, crabbing, wild swimming, painting, reading, hiking, picnicking, kayaking, nature watching, photography, and more.
The island has a limitless number of beautiful and varied walks on both marked and unmarked paths. Be aware that navigating the Atlantic coastline is not for the faint hearted; there are no markers on the trail and plenty of boulder leaping and cliff scrambling. However the network of paths around the rest of the island are all signposted (some clearer than others). You need never panic as the sea is almost always in sight to guide you.
Swimming in Eilean Shona's pristine waters may be one of the most tranquil and glorious parts of your stay. At first paddle, the water feels very cold, but 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.
The coastline is pristine and has hundreds of secluded inlets and beaches to explore. Shona offers safe anchorage to those wanting to bring their own yacht or RIB. There are sea kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards available to rent for the day (these are inclusive for main house and sail loft guests, and involve an additional charge for cottage guests). In addition, there are several local businesses that provide for water sports and nautical trips.
The mountain and road trails on the mainland are excellent for cycling and for keen golfers there is a nearby course at Traigh, roughly an hour's drive away. Clay pigeon shooting sessions can also be arranged.