Summer Isles
The Summer Isles are an archipelago
An archipelago , sometimes called an island group, is a chain or cluster of islands. The word archipelago is derived from the Greek ἄρχι- – arkhi- and πέλαγος – pélagos through the Italian arcipelago...

 lying in the mouth of Loch Broom
Loch Broom
Loch Broom is a sea loch located in northwestern Ross and Cromarty, in the former parish of Lochbroom, in the west coast of Scotland. The small town of Ullapool lies on the eastern shore of the loch...

, in the Highland
Scottish Highlands
The Highlands is an historic region of Scotland. The area is sometimes referred to as the "Scottish Highlands". It was culturally distinguishable from the Lowlands from the later Middle Ages into the modern period, when Lowland Scots replaced Scottish Gaelic throughout most of the Lowlands...

 region of Scotland
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The only inhabited isle, Tanera Mòr
Tanera Mòr
Tanera Mòr is an inhabited island in Loch Broom in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. It is the largest of the Summer Isles and the only inhabited island in that group...

, is also the largest. It is home to an Atlantic salmon
Atlantic salmon
The Atlantic salmon is a species of fish in the family Salmonidae, which is found in the northern Atlantic Ocean and in rivers that flow into the north Atlantic and the north Pacific....

 fish farm
Fish farming
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, some rental
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 holiday homes, a café and a post office
Post office
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, which has operated its own local post
Local post
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 and printed its own stamps since 1970. The island has no roads and the only recognisable path goes around the Anchorage, the sheltered bay on the east side of the island. Boats sail to the island from Achiltibuie
Achiltibuie is a long linear village in Ross and Cromarty, Highland, on the Coigach coast of northwestern Scotland, overlooking Badentarbet Bay to the west. Loch Broom and the Summer Isles also lie to the west. Located 10 miles northwest of Ullapool, Achiltibuie is home to the Hydroponicum, a...

 and Ullapool
Ullapool is a small town of around 1,300 inhabitants in Ross and Cromarty, Highland, Scotland. Despite its small size, it is the largest settlement for many miles around, and is a major tourist destination of Scotland. The North Atlantic Drift passes by Ullapool, bringing moderate temperatures...


Smaller islands

  • Bottle Island
    Bottle Island
    Bottle Island is one of the Summer Isles in Loch Broom, Scotland.So called because of its shape, an alternative name is Eilean Druim Briste, "broken ridge island".It is a popular dive site....

  • Eilean Dubh
  • Glas-leac Beag
  • Glas-leac Mòr
  • Horse Island
    Horse Island, Summer Isles
    Horse Island is an uninhabited island in the Summer Isles, in the north west of Scotland.Once inhabited, the island now only supports a herd of wild goats.-Footnotes:...

  • Isle Martin
    Isle Martin
    Isle Martin is an uninhabited island in Loch Broom, on the west coast of Scotland. It is the closest of the Summer Isles to Ullapool and has been the site of a monastery, a herring curing station and a flour mill. Now recognised as a bird sanctuary it is owned and managed by a community...

  • Priest Island
    Priest Island
    Priest Island is a small, uninhabited island in the Summer Isles off the west coast of Scotland.-History:It is believed that the island was used by culdees for religious purposes, and has several stone circles.-Geography:...

     (Eilean a' Chlèirich)
  • Isle Ristol
    Isle Ristol
    Isle Ristol, the innermost of the Summer Isles in Scotland, is a Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve.Lying roughly north of Ullapool in Wester Ross, it is a tidal island, in Loch an Alltain Duibh, that is separated by a narrow channel from Old Dorney Bay...

  • Eilean Mullagrach
  • Tanera Beag
    Tanera Beag
    Tanera Beg or Tanara Beag is an uninhabited island in the Summer Isles off north west Scotland.It is called "Tanara Beag" to distinguish it from "Tanera Mòr", "big Tanara".-References:...

  • Càrn nan Sgeir


The islands are part of the Assynt
Assynt is a civil parish in west Sutherland, Highland, Scotland – north of Ullapool.It is famous for its landscape and its remarkable mountains...

Coigach today refers to the peninsula "beyond the big rock" north of Ullapool, in Wester Ross in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. Anciently till changes in civil registration districts in 1857 the Barony also included Isle Martin, the lands down to Corrie beyond Ullapool, the various farms of...

 National Scenic Area
National Scenic Area
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, one of 40 in Scotland.

Frank Fraser Darling
Frank Fraser Darling
Sir Frank Fraser Darling was an English ecologist, ornithologist, farmer, conservationist and author, who is strongly associated with the highlands and islands of Scotland.-Early life:...

, an important figure in the development of Scottish conservation, lived on Tanera Mòr
Tanera Mòr
Tanera Mòr is an inhabited island in Loch Broom in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. It is the largest of the Summer Isles and the only inhabited island in that group...

 for two years in the 1930s. His book, Island Years (published 1940), records his time in the Summer Isles, painting Priest Island as a place of great beauty as well as great wildlife.


  • The pagan island of "Summerisle
    Summerisle (The Wicker Man)
    Summerisle is a fictional island introduced in the 1973 British cult film The Wicker Man.Summerisle should not be confused with the real-life Summer Isles situated off the coast of Scotland, which are frequently mistaken for the fictional island seen in The Wicker Man.- The Wicker Man :Much of the...

    " featured in the motion picture The Wicker Man (filmed in 1973 & directed by Robin Hardy
    Robin Hardy
    Robin Moore Hardy is the author of more than twenty published books and several unpublished manuscripts. She currently resides in North Texas. Her first novel, Chataine's Guardian, was the runner-up for the Gold Medallion Book Award in 1985....

    ) is sometimes mistakenly associated with this archipelago, but in actuality it was filmed around Newton Stewart
    Newton Stewart
    Newton Stewart is a burgh town in the south of Scotland in the west of the region of Dumfries and Galloway and in the county of Wigtownshire....

     in Dumfries and Galloway
    Dumfries and Galloway
    Dumfries and Galloway is one of 32 unitary council areas of Scotland. It was one of the nine administrative 'regions' of mainland Scotland created in 1975 by the Local Government etc. Act 1973...

  • The Summer Isles feature in a novella
    A novella is a written, fictional, prose narrative usually longer than a novelette but shorter than a novel. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Nebula Awards for science fiction define the novella as having a word count between 17,500 and 40,000...

     of the same name by Ian R. MacLeod
    Ian R. MacLeod
    Ian R. MacLeod is a British science fiction and fantasy writer.He was born in Solihull near Birmingham. He studied law and worked as a civil servant before going freelance in early 1990s soon after he started publishing stories, attracting critical praise and awards nominations.-Writings:He is the...

  • The fictional Summer Isle, Cladach Duillich (Sad Shore), features in the 1977 Desmond Bagley
    Desmond Bagley
    Desmond Bagley , was a British journalist and novelist principally known for a series of best-selling thrillers...

     novel "The Enemy".

Summer Isles Philatelic Bureau

Since 1970 the Summer Isles Philatelic Bureau has been issuing stamps of the islands for tourists who place them on mail to be carried to the nearest GPO Post Box on the mainland.

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