• The remains of a village on Mingulay, deserted since 1912
    The remains of a village on Mingulay, deserted since 1912© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Seals on Mingulay Bay Beach
    Seals on Mingulay Bay Beach© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Seals leaving the beach at Mingulay
    Seals leaving the beach at Mingulay© The National Trust for Scotland
  • The cliff tops on Mingulay
    The cliff tops on Mingulay© The National Trust for Scotland
  • North end of Mingulay with Pabbay, Sandray and Barra beyond.
    North end of Mingulay with Pabbay, Sandray and Barra beyond.© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Razorbill
    Razorbill© Laurie Campbell
  • Stream above Mingulay Bay
    Stream above Mingulay Bay© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Kittiwakes
    Kittiwakes© Laurie Campbell
  • The east shore of Mingulay
    The east shore of Mingulay© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Seals in the water off shore at Mingulay
    Seals in the water off shore at Mingulay© The National Trust for Scotland

Mingulay, Berneray and Pabbay are three islands of unrivalled wildness and beauty.

Located at the southern tip of the Western Isles, they have some of the finest coastal landscapes in Scotland and an exceptional natural and cultural heritage, including internationally important seabird colonies. They are designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Though Mingulay and Pabbay have been uninhabited since 1912 (and Berneray since its lighthouse was automated in 1980), the well-preserved villages and field systems provide fascinating evidence of the challenging lifestyle of the generations who managed to survive here over many thousands of years.

Wandering among the abandoned settlements on this remote group of islands is an evocative reminder of those who once lived here. The last of the inhabitants left in 1912, leaving behind a precarious existence based on crofting, fishing and fowling.


Seabirds

Trust places nearby

  • Canna
    CannaCanna Island Western isles, western isles
    PH44 4RS
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