Rona and Sula Sgier National Nature Reserve

Nature Centres & Reserves

Offshore Islands, Outer Hebrides

    Look out for seabirds and seals at the Rona and Sula Sgeir National Nature Reserve islands in the Outer Hebrides.

    Surrounded by the stormy Atlantic Ocean, the Rona and Sula Sgier National Nature Reserve islands are the temporary home for seabirds and seals, which all come seeking a breeding sanctuary. St Ronan, an eighth century monk who lived here, certainly chose a remote place for his retreat, and his beehive-shaped cell still stands today.

    Summer is the best time to visit for seabirds, whist autumn is great for spotting grey seals. Please avoid disturbance to nesting birds and seals.

    Public Transport Directions

    Forty miles north of the Butt of Lewis. Boats can be hired from Lewis but require booking well in advance. Visitors are strongly advised to contact SNH before considering a trip, as it is the most difficult of all the Reserves to reach.

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