Summer Isles

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Coordinates: 58°01′49″N 5°27′12″W / 58.030338°N 5.453436°W / 58.030338; -5.453436

Summer Isles
Scottish Gaelic: About this sound Na h-Eileanan Samhraidh 
Summer Isles Jan 2006.JPG
The Summer Isles from Ben Mòr Coigach
Summer Isles is located in Highland
Summer Isles
Summer Isles
 Summer Isles shown within the Highland council area
Population 5 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference NB992067
Council area Highland
Lieutenancy area Ross and Cromarty
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ULLAPOOL
Postcode district IV26
Dialling code 01854
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Scottish Parliament Ross, Skye and Inverness West
List of places
UK
Scotland

The Summer Isles (Scottish Gaelic: Na h-Eileanan Samhraidh, pronounced [nə ˈhelanən ˈs̪auɾɪ]) are an archipelago lying in the mouth of Loch Broom, in the Highland region of Scotland.

Geography[edit]

The only inhabited isle, Tanera Mòr, is also the largest. It is home to an Atlantic salmon fish farm, some rental holiday homes, a café and a post office, which has operated its own local post and printed its own stamps since 1970. The island has no roads and the only recognisable path goes around the Anchorage, the sheltered bay on the east side of the island. Boats sail to the island from Achiltibuie and Ullapool.[1]

Smaller islands[edit]

Conservation[edit]

The islands are part of the Assynt-Coigach National Scenic Area, one of 40 in Scotland.[2]

Frank Fraser Darling, an important figure in the development of Scottish conservation, lived on Tanera Mòr for two years in the 1930s. His book, Island Years (published 1940), records his time in the Summer Isles, painting Priest Island as a place of great beauty as well as great wildlife.[3]

Literature and Film[edit]

Summer Isles Philatelic Bureau[edit]

Since 1970 the Summer Isles Philatelic Bureau has been issuing stamps of the islands for tourists who place them on mail to be carried to the nearest GPO Post Box on the mainland.[6][7]

View south, over Altandhu and in Loch an Alltain Duibh, of the Summer Isles. Isle Ristol is in the foreground with Eilean Mullagrach to the right

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Summer Isles website". Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  2. ^ "National Scenic Areas". SNH. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Priest Island". RSPB. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  4. ^ Steven H Silver. "review of I R MacLeod book". Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  5. ^ The Wicker Man (1973) filming locations movie-locations.com. Retrieved 1 August 2008.
  6. ^ "Modern British Local Posts CD Catalogue, 2009 Edition". Phillips. 2003. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  7. ^ "The Post Office" summer-isles.com. Retrieved 8 December 2008.

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