Rona is home to a host of wildlife on land and in the surrounding sea.  You can follow the marked trails that traverse the island or wander off track through mossy woodland valleys of birch, rowan and holly, or clamber over the pink and grey summits of hard Lewisian gneiss.  Rona’s highest peak, Meall Acairseid, is 125m high.  It’s a short climb, rewarded by an awe-inspiring 360 degree view.  To the North beyond Rona herself is vast expanse of uninterrupted sea – next stop the North Pole

 

 

 

 

There are 300 different species of plant on Rona, a diversity encouraged by the ecological approach to conservation here.  Foragers will enjoy the many edible species, remnants of the plants cultivated by the previous generations of crofters:  rhubarb, hazel, mint, bramble and sorrel are all to be found in addition to the wild native species that grow in abundance.

You may be lucky enough to spot the elusive otter, or the sea eagle’s patrol.  On calmer days, pods of dolphins, porpoises, minke whales and basking sharks are easy to see from the shore, or may be encountered at closer quarters during wildlife trips on the MV Rona.

 


We re-introduced red deer in 2003, which along with Highland cattle (and two human residents!), make up the larger species on the island.  The deer have bred successfully, attracting intrepid swimming stags from the island of Raasay, to create Rona’s very own population. Following the tracery of deer paths is one of the easiest ways to walk the island.  The deer are specially worth observing in early autumn when the stags are roaring, you can return to your own log fire and enjoy a glass of Rona whisky

 

 

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