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The Isle of Gigha (pron.: /ˈɡə/; Scottish Gaelic: Giogha) is a small island off the west coast of Kintyre. The island has a population of about 130 people. The climate is mild with higher than average sunshine hours and the soils are fertile.

Gigha has a long history, having been inhabited continuously since prehistoric times. It may have had an important role during the Kingdom of Dalriada and is the ancestral home of Clan MacNeill. It fell under the control of the Norse and the Lords of the Isles before becoming incorporated into modern Scotland and saw a variety of conflicts during the medieval period. The population of Gigha peaked at over 700 in the eighteenth century, but during the 20th century the island had numerous owners, which caused various problems in developing the island. By the beginning of the 21st century resident numbers had fallen to only 98. However a ’community buy-out’ in 2002 has transformed the island, which now has a growing population and a variety of new commercial activities to complement farming and tourism.

Attractions on the island include Achamore Gardens and the abundant wildlife, especially seabirds. There have been numerous shipwrecks on the surrounding rocks and skerries.

How to get to Gigha
The CalMac ferry runs every hour from the village of Tayinloan 8am-5pm
 
GIGHA - Achamore Gardens
GIGHA - Achamore Gardens
Created by Colonel Sir James Horlick with the assistance of Gardener Kitty Lloyd Jones in 1944, Achamore Gardens is the home of Horlick’s renowned Rhododendron and...
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GIGHA - Beach View Cottage
GIGHA - Beach View Cottage
WHY NOT ISLAND HOP FROM ISLE OF ARRAN/ISLE OF ISLAY.........Welcome to the community-owned Isle of Gigha, Scotlands best kept secret. The most southerly and one of the...
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GIGHA - Gigha Boats Activity Centre
GIGHA - Gigha Boats Activity Centre
The Gigha Boats Activity Centre is seasonal, operating from March – September. The opening hours are between 10:30 and 17:30 however, this may vary slightly...
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GIGHA - Gigha Coast and Countryside Group
GIGHA - Gigha Coast and Countryside Group
The coast and countryside group is a volunteer organisation set up to improve and maintain Gigha's rich network of paths and archaeological monuments.
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GIGHA - Gigha Gallery
GIGHA - Gigha Gallery
The Gallery stages exhibitions of paintings and sculptures in a beautiful location on the Isle of Gigha. Regular artists include Jolomo, Erni Upton and Sandra Ratcliffe....
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GIGHA - Gigha Golf Course
GIGHA - Gigha Golf Course
The Isle of Gigha Golf Club is a nine-hole course half a mile from the ferry terminal. It is an equally enjoyable test of golf for the keen or occasional golfer,...
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GIGHA - Gigha Self Catering Cottages
GIGHA - Gigha Self Catering Cottages
Come and enjoy a superb self catering holiday experience Based on the spectacular Isle of Gigha off the West Coast of Scotland you will enjoy your holiday staying in...
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Gigha - Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust
Gigha - Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust
In 2001 when the Isle of Gigha was put on the market, the island residents were encouraged by the local MSP, George Lyon, and other bodies to take the step, which was...
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GIGHA - The Boathouse Cafe Bar
GIGHA - The Boathouse Cafe Bar
Situated in Ardminish Bay with a wonderful setting on the wee marina the Boathouse Cafe & Bar offers you the chance to enjoy excellently prepared local produce in a...
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GIGHA - The Gigha Hotel
GIGHA - The Gigha Hotel
It may be the only hotel on Gigha but you can be assured of a warm welcome and delicious local produce like Gigha Halibut, freshly caught scallops, lobster or crab! The...
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Gigha Halibut
Gigha Halibut
Gigha Halibut, a small family-run business, has perfected the art of hand-rearing sustainable halibut.The texture and delicate flavour of halibut makes it a favourite...
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Gigha Pontoons
Gigha Pontoons
The new pontoons and moorings were completed in 2016 and attract many visitors to the island. There are 22 moorings and a new pontoon facility with between 2 –...
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GIGHA SELF CATERING COTTAGES
GIGHA SELF CATERING COTTAGES
Gigha Trading Ltd run six self-catering cottages ranging from cosy fisherman’s crofts to luxury converted farm buildings. You can chose from:Ferry Croft 1Ferry...
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