As Struay is a fictional place and doesn't really exist like the books, it took quite a while for the team to find the right locations.
In the end the series was filmed a ginormous bit in the Outer Hebrides in Lewis and a wee bit in the Inner Hebrides, on Coll.
The final locations are fairly scattered and widespread, and some of them are actually in a ruinous state, but our magical Art Department brought them beautifully, but only briefly, back to life.
If you do manage to find some of the locations we filmed in, please be aware of your safety and also that there are people who live and work very close by , who were very kind and patient with us, and we don't want their lives to be disrupted in any way so please be sensitive. Also parking is not easy, as we found when we were planning how our cast and crew would arrive on set!
If you would like to experience the world in which Katie Morag lives there are many many adventures to be had in any of the Scottish Hebridean Islands,
There are no Katie Morag official experiences, and we do not endorse any initiative over another. Mairi and Move on Up wouldn't like any island to claim that theirs had any kind of Katie Morag-ness any more than another because it isn't true. Although Coll can for ever claim to be the inspiration!
On very many of the islands you will be able to find the same atmosphere of peace, sense of community, slower pace and excellent craic that we have tried to portray in the programmes.
Begin by jumping onto a ferry at Oban, at Mallaig, at Tarbert, Uig or at Ullapool , even up at Scrabster for the Nothern Islands, Or you could simply stay on the Highland Mainland and head up to places like Durness, Arisaig, Ardnamurchan Peninsula; the list is very long indeed.
Where-ever you go, we know that if you go to the Highlands and Islands with an open heart you will most certainly find what you are looking for... We recommend the area as an ideal family holiday, Just like the Katie Morag character in the books, and on the screen, everything is there for YOU to make what you will of it. There are wild beaches with all their sea life to be found, ancient history in the standing stones, incredible bird life, wild moors, unbelieveable flowering machair in the summer time, boat trips, old ruins, little secret coves, strange legends, ceilidhs and summer shows, and of course delicious local produce to sample - it's all there .
From Oban you can take the ferry to Coll, where the books first began, where you will find beaches and castles, seals and birdlife a-plenty. You will even be able to see the little row of cottages that Mairi used in her first drawings.
Or go to to Eigg, Rum, Muck, from Mull, Skye, Harris, Lewis, Barra, Tiree, the Uists, Benbecula, Easdale, Colonasay, Raasay, Scalpay, Vatersay, Iona, Islay, Jura, Lismore, Luing, the Orkney isles and even Shetland too... and more.. the list goes on and on.
All we ask is that you respect the people and the way of life there, protect the wildlife, and that you don't leave anything behind you that could pollute the enviroment.
Go, breathe the air, and just be.
Oh and don't forget to listen - you might just hear the seals singing!