Eilean Nan RonIn more detail
Eilean Nan Ron
Eilean Nan Ron is a collection of small islands and skerries off the north coast of Scotland, in the region of Sutherland. It translates from Gaelic as ‘Seal Island’, Eilean Nan Ron has a fascinating history, once inhabited it is now only home to a large seal colony.
Eilean Nan Ron is owned by the Countess of Sutherland (Sutherlands Estates).
Aerial view you can see the main island of Cnoc an Loisgein and Eilean Iosal to the left
Eilean Nan Ron History
The island of Eilean Nan Ron once had a thriving community, who originally emigrated to the islands during the highland clearances. In 1881 the population peeked at 73 individuals, at this time there was 8 houses and a school. In 1938 there were 9 individuals from the McKay family evacuated off the island, they were paid £100 from the Sutherlands Estate which at the time was considered a decent compensation. The remains of the semi ruinous houses still stand and can be enjoyed by visitors taking a boat tour to the island. The residents were self-sufficient with large areas for farming stretching out the front of their houses to the shore line, each family had a strip of land that they worked which were segregated by a stone wall, the remains of these walls can still be seen. The residents also kept livestock, sea fished and even grew their own Tabaco. Life was difficult on the island which lead finally to evacuation, people didn’t have working fridges so all of their food was salted for preservation.
(Gower Bird Ringing Group) With the mainland in the distance the settlement and its walls stand out on the island
Remains on Eilean Nan Ron
Eilean Nan Ron Wildlife
Soay sheep which belonged to the islanders of
Eilean Nan Ron Topography
The main island of Cnoc
The second smaller island is Eilean Iosal ‘low or humble island’ is joined to the main island by a narrow channel only at low water. There are
Visiting Eilean Nan Ron
There are no scheduled ferries to Eilean Nan Ron.
North Coast Sea Tours welcome enquires regarding private group bookings for visits to Eilean Nan Ron. Visits could be as part of our uninhabited Islands camping trip from Kylesku – Click here for