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We will be opening many of our places over the coming months. Some places will remain closed.

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Hebrides

Mingulay, Berneray & Pabbay

Eagles soar and dolphins splash around these Hebridean islands, also home to a rare Pictish stone

Planning your visit

If you’re thinking of visiting one of our island properties … please don’t. 

In the middle of this Public Health emergency, the idea of travelling to one of the Trust’s island properties may be very appealing. However, we respectfully ask you to think again.

Uninhabited islands are isolated from healthcare providers, so someone falling ill will put even more strain on the system with possibly fatal consequences. To protect our staff we’re not opening or staffing any of the facilities on island for the foreseeable future. This includes piers, toilets, bothies and camp sites.

We want everyone to take care and stay well. Once the crisis is over you’ll be welcomed with open arms to enjoy some of the most amazing coastal and island settings in the world.  Until then, please think about donating to the Trust to help us conserve this beautiful place. There are plenty of images and other content on our website about places like Mingulay, Staffa and St Kilda so that you don’t have to miss out on their spectacular scenery.


Mingulay, Berneray & Pabbay are wild, uninhabited islands. All three islands have very high and dangerous cliffs.

Landing is from a small boat onto a rocky foreshore and can be difficult – please speak to your boat operator if you have concerns about this.

If you’re arriving in your own boat please note that you must come ashore in an open tender to avoid bringing unwanted animals, such as rats, onto the island. The hulls of all boats should be recently treated with anti-fouling treatment, and chains and anchors should be clean. 

Please make sure that you have good walking shoes or boots and that they’re cleaned before you visit, paying particular attention to the soles.

The weather can be changeable and we recommend good walking shoes/boots and warm, waterproof clothing. All walking is over rough, uneven ground.

You should also bring food and drink with you as there are no cafés or shops on the island.

Camping is permitted but please read our guidance sheet.

Please note that there’s no mobile phone reception on any of the islands.

There are no toilet facilities on the islands.

For more information about planning your visit, please see the drop-down facilities below or our frequently asked questions.

If you’d like to speak to us we can be contacted by telephone on 01463 732645.

Facilities & access

If you have mobility problems, visiting Mingulay, Berneray and Pabbay is not advised – the islands can only be reached by boat, landing on rocky stretches of foreshore. There are no paths on the islands and any tracks are uneven. There is no wheelchair access.

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.

Dogs are welcome but should be kept under close control at all times.

Explore the abandoned village on Mingulay, all that is left of a once-thriving community who farmed, fished and hunted seabirds. 

On Pabbay you can see one of only two Pictish stones in the Western Isles.

Walk to the highest lighthouse in Britain, situated on top of a very steep cliff on Berneray.

There are no paths on the islands and any tracks are uneven. 

Opening times

Mingulay, Berneray & Pabbay

Entry prices

Mingulay, Berneray & Pabbay
Adult
Free
Family
Free
One adult family
Free
Concession
Free

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