Have you ever felt like getting away from it all? From the hustle and bustle and busyness of life. Come to the Scottish Island of Kerrera on August 27th or 28th 2011 and enjoy island hospitality on one of Scotland’s least-inhabited places.
Kerrera is having a “Celebrating Kerrera” couple of days in August when they will be highlighting their produce, flora and fauna, arts and crafts plus the launch of a book all about Kerrera’s history and life on the island today.
The locals will be selling oysters, beef, lamb, pork, baked goods, arts and crafts and there will be walks highlighting history and geology.
There will also be an exhibition of projects in the works by the Isle of Kerrera Development Trust and a description of the unique challenges of living on Kerrera. This group has been hard at work discussing ways to look to “the future as a sustainable community with a healthy population”. The population has declined from over 100 people in 1861 (when the island was part of a route for cattle coming from Mull going to the Mainland) to around 40 people today.
The Kerrera Ferry website gives us an idea of things you can see once on the island: fertile low pastures, bog and heathland, small coastal bays, beaches, cliffs and caves, beautiful flowers, a seal colony and wild goats. Occasionally golden and sea eagles, porpoises, dolphins and otters have also been sighted. They also have their own castle, Gylen Castle, built by Duncan MacDougall of Dunollie, the 16th chief, in 1587.
So, in order to get to this tranquil island, you will need to take a ferry. The ferry doesn’t leave from Oban, like many of the other boats to the Islands do, but you’ll need to travel a couple of miles from Oban town centre on the southern Gallanach route. You can drive but there is limited parking at the ferry terminal or you can catch a bus departing twice daily from the Station Road. Cars are not allowed on the island except for those who live there.
For information on the tea house, their website is http://www.kerrerabunkhouse.co.uk/.