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Rona and Sula Sgeir National Nature Reserve

A very remote group of tiny islands and rocks that are home to large numbers of sea birds and seals. Not at all easy to get to.

Highlights: As many as 130,000 seabirds throng these remote islands during the breeding season, including storm petrel, Leach's petrel, gannet and guillemot.

Rona is also internationally important for its breeding grey seals , and there are many remains of old human settlements.

Best time and how to visit
Summer months for seabirds and autumn for grey seals. The islands are very remote, 40 miles north of the Butt of Lewis, and there is no regular boat service. You will need to hire a boat well in advance from Lewis. You should contact the local SNH office before considering a trip as it is their most difficult reserve to reach.

SNH, 32 Francis Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1 2ND Tel: 01851 705258.

Grid ref: HW818330