Peace, beauty, seclusion… no roads, no cars, a turbine, solar panels – welcome to the island of Shuna. With your own boat you can stock up in Oban and visit nearby Craobh Haven (eat at the pub or take a cruise to Correvreckan Whirlpool, one of many local wonders). The island’s cottages are owned and maintained by enthusiastic, charismatic Eddie: South End House, with spell-binding views south to Jura; Boat House, high on stilts, with a boat shed below to the jetty; and Garden House, bow-windowed, white and pretty, 200m up the track. Spot otters, seals, eagles, deer, picnic on unspoilt beaches, chop logs, catch fish… Then it’s back home to books, games and pure spring water. Backing onto dense woodland, Garden House is well-proportioned inside, with bedrooms up and down and a homely feel. Spacious, light-filled Boat House, newly encased in wood and cosily furnished in Scandi style, comes with a kitchen that’s a pleasure to work in and a wood-burner that belts out the heat. Pleasures here are simple but rich, and walkers, dogs and kids will adore it.