Island in Inverness-shire


Where is Hestam?

Mounts of peat There only seem to peat cuttings near the main roads. Not sure why. This was on the Cheesebay road but near the main road round top of N Usit.
Mounts of peat Credit: Stephen Darlington

Hestam is a small, uninhabited island located in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, specifically in the county of Inverness-shire. Situated off the west coast of Scotland, Hestam is part of a group of islands known as the Small Isles, which also include Eigg, Muck, and Rum.

Covering an area of around 60 acres, Hestam is predominantly hilly and rugged, with its highest point reaching approximately 150 meters above sea level. The island is characterized by its stunning natural beauty, featuring dramatic cliffs, rocky shores, and picturesque sandy beaches.

Despite its uninhabited status, Hestam attracts visitors who seek tranquility and a remote escape from the bustling mainland. It offers opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, including hikers, birdwatchers, and wildlife enthusiasts. The island's diverse ecosystem supports a variety of flora and fauna, with several bird species, seals, and otters regularly spotted in the surrounding waters.

Accessible by boat from nearby ports or via private vessels, Hestam offers limited amenities, so visitors are advised to bring their own supplies and equipment. Camping is permitted on the island, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a camping adventure amidst nature.

Hestam's isolation and unspoiled beauty make it a hidden gem for nature lovers and those seeking a peaceful retreat away from the noise of urban life. Its rugged landscape, combined with its diverse wildlife, offers a unique experience for those fortunate enough to visit this remote Scottish island.

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Hestam Images

Images are sourced within 2km of 57.65279/-7.1788168 or Grid Reference NF9174. Thanks to Geograph Open Source API. All images are credited.

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Hestam is located at Grid Ref: NF9174 (Lat: 57.65279, Lng: -7.1788168)

Unitary Authority: Na h-Eileanan an Iar

Police Authority: Highlands and Islands


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