Rabbit Islands, Scotland
The Rabbit Islands (Sutherland, Scotland in Tongue Bay. In Scottish Gaelic, and occasionally in English, they are known as Eileanan nan Gall, which is sometimes anglicised as "Eilean-na-Gaeil"  or "Eilean nan Gaill".) are a group of three uninhabited small islands off the north coast of
Geography and geology
The islands' modern name derives from their sandy soil, which favours rabbit burrows and makes their presence particularly obvious . They are fairly low lying, slender in shape, and along with the surrounding fjard of Tongue Bay, they show the effects of former glaciation. They are made up of sandstone.
Supposedly, a ship carrying gold to Charles Edward Stuart was wrecked on the island. The northernmost of the group is called Sgeir an Òir (skerry of the gold), which is perhaps a reference to this.
Currently, the islands are popular with scuba divers, and have in the past been used for grazing.
- Groome, Francis H. (1892–96). Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland, "Rabbit Islands" (2 ed.). London: William McKenzie. p. 221.
- (1984) AA Illustrated Guide to Britain's Coast. Drive Publications/Automobile Association