Hello and welcome to the community-owned Isle of Gigha, the most southerly and one of the most beautiful of the Hebridean Islands. Seven miles long by a mile and a half wide, Gigha is situated three miles west of the Kintyre peninsula, less than three hours drive from the city of Glasgow.
Gigha is breathtaking – silver beaches and beautiful bays, clear green seas, stunning views and amazing sunsets, lochs and gently sloping hillsides, as well as a plentiful variety of wildlife and birdlife. You can enjoy exploring the many archaeological and historic sites or welcome the peace and beauty of a walk or cycle. Whatever the time of year you can immerse yourself in the colours of Achamore Gardens that benefit from Gigha being low lying and influenced by the North Atlantic Drift resulting in the climate being drier and warmer than that normally associated with the west coast of Scotland.
With the self-catering cottages, Gigha Hotel, B&B options and camping to choose from, Gigha offers the perfect getaway-from-it-all break where you’ll receive the friendliest of welcomes.
Since the community buyout in 2002 the island has gone from strength to strength with a growing population that is sustainably developing its local economy.
Our website can only give you a flavour of Gigha, named by the Vikings 'Gudey', The Good Isle or God's Isle, but it is such a special place that once you visit, you will always want to return.
We look forward to welcoming you to your true Island Experience...
The Isle of Gigha was put on the market in 2001 and the community were encouraged to purchase and own the island. Gigha was handed over to the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust on the 15th March 2002, a day that is marked on the island every year as “Gigha Day”.
The Trust is managed by a Board of voluntary Directors. They are elected by the membership to develop the assets of the island, and take forward plans and projects for the community. There are several subsidiary companies in place to generate income to the Trust that helps to continue to develop the island:
Gigha Trading Ltd - The trading arm of the Trust that manages self-catering accommocation, moorings, pontoon and airstrip.
Gigha Green Power Ltd - Operates an Enercon E33 turbine.
Gigha Renewable Energy Ltd - Operates the three "Dancing Ladies" turbines.
The main activities of IGHT include:
Since the buy-out in 2002, IGHT has:
IGHT currently has 4 full-time paid employees and 3 part-time paid employees. This small staff team support the 4 company Board of directors, and many volunteers undertake a wide variety of jobs and projects for the island. Not only do our visitors support Gigha when they use the hotel, shop, moorings, accommodation and other facilities but it is not unknown for visitors to come to Gigha in a voluntary capacity to help in Achamore Gardens or with other projects!
Maybe you are taking the 20-minute ferry ride to Gigha to seek relaxation and to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful island. Or perhaps you are looking for exhilarating and fascinating things to do.
Whatever you want from your stay, whether sitting on the silver sands of Johnny's Shore (Rubh’ A Chinn Mhor) listening to the sea, exploring the island on foot to find the spouting cave, hiring a bike to ride over to Cuddyport (Port Nam Cudean) to see the quern stone quarry and perhaps glimpse some seals ….. you will find what you’re looking for on Gigha!
Gigha has a rich history. For fascinating details of the clan of the island, ancient antiquities and where you'll find standing stones on Gigha, click here.
There is a variety of accommodation options on Gigha.
The Trust has six self-catering cottages ranging from cosy fishermans crofts to luxury converted farm buildings.
The Gigha Hotel is situated in Ardminish Village with superb views over the bay. You’ll be guaranteed a warm welcome and good food. The Hotel also runs two self-catering cottages each with their own individual character.
There are also a number of privately run self-catering cottages as well as some lovely B&Bs whose breakfasts are legendary. Ardminish Stores offer a Yurt experience with comfy beds and a wood burning stove!
The island campsite is situated next to The Boathouse Restaurant with stunning views across the bay.
Wherever you choose to stay you can be assured you will experience Gigha’s island hospitality and you’ll soon be planning your next visit.
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to good food and drink on Gigha. From freshly caught seafood, island farmed halibut and oysters to whole milk ice cream from the Gigha cows.
Whether you want to pop in for a coffee, shop for provisions for your next sailing, or relax over an evening meal, Gigha has it!