Links and further reading


Caledonian Macbrayne – Isle of Eigg info

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Walk Highlands – walks on Eigg

Historic Environment Scotland – catalogue entries for archaeological sites, buildings, industry and maritime heritage across Eigg

Lochaber Outdoor Capital of the UK

Eigg Geocache

Meet the Neighbours

Isle of Rum

Isle of Muck

Isle of Canna


The Road to the Isles – Mallaig, Morar, Arisaig, Lochailort, Glenfinnan

Sleat – south Isle of Skye

Community Land and Power

Community Land Scotland

Scottish Rural Parliament

Scottish Rural Network

Community Energy Scotland

Other useful links

Interpreting Archaeology on the Isle of Eigg

Scottish Islands Federation

European Small Islands Network


Eigg, the Story of an Island – By Camille Dressler.  Published by Polygon, ISBN 0-7486-6224-3.

Tracing the changing fortunes of the island and its inhabitants, this book also gives an indication of the situation which prevailed in the Highlands and Islands as a whole with the description of clan politics and the economic of crofting.  The story of the Eigg community buy-out campaign occupies the concluding chapters which charter the changes and events which have brought about plans for the most radical Land Reform since the Crofters’Act of 1886.

Eigg, An Island Landscape – By Susanna Wade Martins.

This popular, fully illustrated short account of the history and landscape of Eigg includes the findings of the recent archaeological survey by the RCAHMS and a new final chapter brings the island’s story up to the millennium.

The Geology of Eigg – by Prof John Hudson.  Published by Edinburgh Geological Society, ISBN-13: 9780904440164.

Eigg is a small island, but it displays a remarkable variety of geology in a beautiful setting, in a way that is readily appreciated by those without any special knowledge of geology. There is an inspiring precedent in the visit of that self-taught polymath, Hugh Miller, in the 1840s. The Geology of Eigg includes a comprehensive introduction to the geology of the island, and sets Eigg in its regional context. It describes the sedimentary layers, with varied and interesting Mesozoic fossils, found around the northern coast, the over-lying basaltic lava flows, and the impressive Sgurr ridge with its rich and once-controversial geological story.

There are seven excursions that explore just about every corner of the island and cover all aspects of Eigg’s geology. These include straight forward beach and coastal excursions suitable for all, and more strenuous and remote explorations that will appeal to those with an interest in the geology of the Hebrides.

The Birds of Eigg – by John Chester.  Published by Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust, ISBN: 978-1782800538

Eigg is an Island with a rich, diverse mosaic of habitats supporting a wide variety of wildlife. The Island’s bird life reflects this diversity with around 70 species breeding each year and many more occurring as passage or winter visitors. This book provides a summary of all bird species known to have occurred on the Island up until March 2012.

This book is also a tribute to John ‘the bird’ Chester from some of those who have had the privilege to know him over his 26 years as the Isle of Eigg ranger, and who painstakingly collected many of these records.

Purchase The Birds of Eigg here