Posted: Thursday, 17 August 2006
interesting. the rats - did they cause depopulation? ie eat birds eggs? any detail on this? how many people did it support? Are there sheep on it today and can it be visited - I don't intend to, but it sounds fascinatin. I had no idea it was more remote than St Kilda. (this is a good example of the usefullness of blogs)
scallowawife from shetland
I believe sheep are kept on North Rona, but visiting is very difficult, even more so than on St Kilda. If you Google North Rona, you'll find that trips are organised to go there, but these are primarily geared towards the bird watching fraternity. Will research more on the island.
Arnish Lighthouse from Stornoway
Please keep this quiet. If Whitehalls gets wind of this, they'll put a nuclear waste dump there, on the grounds of least protests (and who's going to spot the odd leak or two in the middle of nowhere).
Digital Sands from Berneray
Hmmm I never knew that! Thanks Arnish
Sunny from Arran
imagine what it must have been like during that server january storm last year!!! on that island. btw arnish do u have any blogs from that storm last january I'd love to see
rick from point isle of lewis
Rick, I don't have pictures from the hurricane of January 2005. I didn't have a camera available and I was staying in Lochs at the time. Power went off within 2 hours, so couldn't see a thing.
Arnish Lighthouse from Stornoway
ok thanks anyway :)
rick from isle of lewis
http://www.file-away.co.uk/damage.htm shows what happened to our office in Balivanich. We think a small glass bottle (we found one inside after the storm) came through the West wall and that then caused the wind to suck in all the windows and rip off the doors. This was our server room (note the PC's on the floor which were too wrecked to be used again).
Robert Ladyman from (File-Away Ltd, ex Benbecula)
Have stayed on North Rona 10? years ago for about 10 days on an amateur radio expedition. Lovely place but difficult to get on and off - no beach! Took lots of amateur VHS video of the place. It's famous for a particular bird species. A wonderful book called North Rona was published about it by a Ronald Stewart (I think). Local library sold off old stock inc. this some time ago. Would love a copy...
Chris Phillipson from Lincoln
Fascinating island. What is the geology which explains its presence?
Colin Mitchell from Bracknell Berkshire
Fascinating. Perhaps someday my wife and I will be able to visit.
Green Manelishi from New England, United States
Was watching "Art & Soul" BBC2 and i saw this island mentioned. Amazing, if a little haunting. These places hold so much mystery, ,many layers. Would love to visit, if only to touch the void, the spirit within. Thank you for posting this blog. I will keep watching. Bobbi -Perth Scotland.
Bobbi from Perth Scotland
On our way back home to Faroe Islands from St Kilda and Isle of Sky with the sailboat Enniway we landed on Rona on the 25th of July 2006. We were lucky, very good weather conditions, warm and bright, we walked the island in ca. 3 hours, fantastic experience. Rona is the nearest neighbour to Faroes, and I didn't even know that it existed until last summer when I visited it.
John from Faroe Islands
Stayed on this amzingly, heartachingly beautiful island in 1987 for two weeks as part of a research study on migrating petrels. Nice to know that others are appreciating its beauty.
Karl Lawson from Llandudno, North Wales
I have just published a short story set on North Rona in an upcoming (summer 2007) anthology called Ruins by Hadley Rille Books. It covers much of the material about the plague of rats and the dead shepherds etc. Used the Ronald Stewart book mostly. I used to fish there too on a trawler back in the day.
Stefbp from Edinburgh