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Isle Of Gigha - A place of Perfection
Isle of Gigha (Scotland)
Member Name: xxBeccaxx
Isle of Gigha (Scotland)
Advantages: Gorgeous scenery, warm weather, friendly locals, lots of accomodation options.
Disadvantages: None it is perfection.
A group of people who I was doing an open university course with became pretty close and we decided to have a road trip. One of the girls lived on this island and suggested we have our meet there. I have never been into travelling, probably because of my age and other commitments but I was so excited to be going along and exploring a new place.
Before going I looked at the website which gives you idea's of activities, places to stay and things to do. There are lso pictures provided but unless you go yourself you cannot understand just how beautiful the views are.
Firstly The Isle Of Gigha (pronounced Gee-a) is a hebridean island that is situated around 3 hours drive from Glasgow. There is a bus available for travelling to it but I can't say I would enjoy not having the freedom to stop and take pictures of the gorgeous scenery on the way there. The main part of the drive is driving round a gorgeous loch which has stunning picture opportunities. If you have the chance to get down near the water and experience the full potential of the loch then do so as it is truly stunning!
You do have to get a ferry from the mainland at Tayinloan over to the island. The ferry's run every hour on the hour and are run by Caledonian Macbrayne and cost around £3.25 for a foot passenger and £12 odds for a car. These are only one way but returns can be purchased. Once aboard the ferry you are able to go to the top deck to experience the beautiful scenery on offer. With the journey taking around 20 minutes there is plenty time to take as many pictures as you want.
On arrival at Gigha you can either go to your destination be it a campsite, persons home or hotel or you can roam the island. There is only 1 road so it's impossible to get lost. The scenery is breathtaking, with hiking, cycling and boating opportunities you can get around very easily. There are a couple of little shops, 1 selling general groceries and another that sells handmade jewellery at reasonable prices. A church and farms are also on the island along with some houses, a school, soctors surgery and fire station but there is not much else.
There are beautiful gardens that you can roam along with a hall that enables you to hold parties and weddings in. With beautiful photo opportunities you would be really lucky to get married here.
It was pretty warm the full time we were there, despite there being rain on and off the full weekend. Generally it seems that the weather is majority warm and comfortable.
Everyone is really friendly and happy to help out with directions, the best spots for pretty pictures and stunning scenery. It really is perfection. The beaches are quiet but white and sandy. Who needs spain when you have an island as gorgeous as this basically on the doorstep. This is a very special place and I will be visiting for a long time to come.
Summary: Who needs Spain when you have a perfect island on the doorstep.
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