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Old 25 February 2012, 18:05   #21
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HI keith

I might be interested!!

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Old 25 February 2012, 18:34   #22
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I'm not sure that Rabbit Islands or Eilean nan Gaill to give them their Gaelic name were ever inhabited.
They were, there was a visit recently where they took the last living original inhabitant back to the islands and made a TV programme about it. haven't seen the programme but the visit was on the news.
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Old 26 February 2012, 05:05   #23
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I'm not sure if Rabbit Islands were inhabited in recent history but I think that story that you refer to is of Kitty Ann MacQueen who was taken back to Eilean nan Roan by Caledonian TV in 2008: Northern Times | Features | Nostalgic return to Eilean nan Ron for Kitty

BTW I have seen the spelling as either Ron or Roan. I believe that the actual original Gaelic is Ron.

Eilean nan Gaill is I believe the original Gaelic name for Rabbit Islands and translates as Island of the Strangers, possibly reffering to the Norsemen.

Of course anyone who comes on the expedition in a RIB could take a look at these as well.

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Old 26 February 2012, 05:49   #24
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BTW I have seen the spelling as either Ron or Roan. I believe that the actual original Gaelic is Ron.

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Yes, it means Seal. It's a recurring name all down the coast. We have an Inishroan locally. Means the same thing. A smattering of Gaelic is useful when working along the coast, as it tends to reveal a lot about the terrain/history/culture.
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Old 26 February 2012, 19:06   #25
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I take it the island that Keith is referring to is Stroma, it's the only small island between Orkney and the mainland, why no one has mentioned the name beats me, I live in Wick just round the coast, would be a nice run on a good day. Mind that the tides in that area are very strong
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Of course anyone who comes on the expedition in a RIB could take a look at these as well.
Been there and even dived the wartime wreck off the outliers. The two pictures are the main islands which are pierced by large fissures, one of which you could see through the island!
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Hello jsrmacleod, sorry if I haven't made it clear, I am talking about Eilean nan Roan, just off the North Coast from Skerray and Tongue. Being based at Wick you are in an ideal location to join the expedition.

BruceB, Rabbit Islands look good, I'd read about the wreck, what condition is it in? If any RIBs joined in whilst the SIB(s) were on Eilean nan Roan they could do the other islands.

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Well Keith, I think you should have chosen An Garbh-Eilean myself, because I would like to see all those pretty little aircraft flying by !

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-13281991
We had a very interesting chat with the Garvie Island Range Controller on VHF during the 1997 Round Britain jaunt. He seemed rather surprised to find a load of little little boats coming past his bombing range while he had a couple of Harriers waiting to drop live thousand-pounders!
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Hello John

The range at Cape Wrath is administered by the Tain Bombing Range (RAF Tain). I have met Squadron Leader John McKeown on several occasions and have permission to take clients into the control tower at Tain when they are doing bombing runs. Also as secretary of the Balintore & Hilton Community Council I am a member of the liaison group with the bombing range at Tain, which is only a couple of miles from where I live. So I'm hoping that I can make arrangements for my Cape Wrath jaunt to photograph the bombing.

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Talking about Stroma.......well jsrmacloud was anyway, gives me an opportunity to show some more of my photies.
First is Mr. Keith openbrackets The Indominatable closebrackets Hart and his sib, getting ready for his first crossing of the Penland Firth.
Others show what happens when you "get it wrong" off the cliffs of Stroma and some others of the narrow inlets in the cliffs on the island.
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