Latest North Rona Stories

2008-07-15 15:00:28

THE waters surrounding Scotland's most remote National Nature Reserves (NNRs) will be charted for the first time when Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) conducts a marine survey of the area next week. North Rona is one of Scotland's most isolated island outposts, sitting 47 miles out in the Atlantic northeast of the Butt of Lewis. Despite its NNRs designation, the marine environment of the island has never been fully surveyed. SNH hopes to explore North Rona's reefs, caves and gullies...

2008-07-14 15:00:27

By DAVID ROSS HIGHLAND CORRESPONDENT IT WAS once home to an eighth-century monk. Now it is our loneliest and least visited national nature reserve. Sitting 44 miles north-east of the Butt of Lewis, it is even more remote than St Kilda. But next week North Rona will be at the centre of unprecedented marine activity as the undersea world surrounding it is to be explored and charted for the first time Despite its national nature reserve designation, the marine environment of the island has...

2008-07-12 09:00:25

By John Ross THE secrets beneath Scotland's most remote national nature reserve are about to be revealed for the first time by an underwater investigation. The uninhabited island of North Rona lies 47 miles out in the Atlantic, further offshore than St Kilda, and its isolated location makes it the least visited nature reserve in the country. It is an important breeding habitat for grey seal and seabird colonies, especially of the European storm-petrel and the larger Leach's...

Word of the Day
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'