Considering its small size, Arisaig, gateway to the Small Isles, offers a surprising choice of high-quality options for dining and lodging. To the north of Arisaig the road cuts across a headland to reach a stretch of coastline where silver sands glitter with the mica in the local rock; clear water, blue sky, and white sand lend a tropical flavor to the beaches—when the sun is shining.

From Arisaig try to visit a couple of the Small Isles: Rum, Eigg, Muck, and Canna, each tiny and with few or no inhabitants. Rum serves as a wildlife reserve, while Eigg has the world’s first solely wind-, wave-, and solar-powered electricity grid.

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