For those looking for a holiday with a difference, you must consider a holiday on the Isle of Rona. This is a truly magical place for a romantic castaway experience! This small island is situated between Skye and the west coast of Scotland and is only 5 miles long! The variety of countryside is extraordinary from wild and rugged landscapes to mossy and rich woodland, secret lochs, pirates’ coves, hills and of course the beautiful backdrop of the sea. With just one permanent residence and a population of two, for many the island’s main attraction is its remoteness with no shops, no roads and no stress! Bring your food and drink for the holiday and just relax and enjoy island life.
Wildlife and Scenery
Nature lovers will find an abundance of wildlife on this peaceful island. There is a red deer herd that roam the island and sea eagles can often be spotted. There are also marine wildlife to look out for with a resident otter and seal population. You can also spot dolphin, minke whale and basking sharks from land or farther afield on a boat trip on the island launch MV Rona.
Despite its size, the island has history to explore amongst the ruins of deserted settlements that were last occupied over a hundred years ago. There is a lighthouse that has for 150 years warned ships sailing in the waters. Other favourite sites to explore include Church Cave, a steep and rocky climb down to a dramatic cliff-side place of worship for the bygone population on the east side of the island, An Tempeaull, a ruined chapel overlooking the Sound of Raasay right at the southern tip and the Danish Princess’ grave in the north west. For keen photographers, it is worth the challenging walk to the island’s highest point where you can record the outstanding 360 degree panorama encompassing the mountains of Skye and mainland Scotland.
Guests are welcome to bring kayaks over on the boat allowing the freedom to explore the island’s coastline and smuggler’s bays or even circumnavigate the island from your holiday cottage.
Diving enthusiasts can book a trip on the estate launch to search for fresh scallops – or if you prefer to stay dry, fishing trips and wildlife watching trips can also be arranged. The owners are passionate about the growing list of local produce available, from Rona venison to seafood and seasonal vegetables so foodies will find high quality ingredients – or can try to catch their own – you can fish from the shore adjacent to the cottages or try your hand catching crab and lobster in the pots provided.
Perhaps the ‘real’ beauty of the Isle of Rona, is that you really have the chance to doing nothing but relax and enjoy the island – the perfect island get-away.