Rabbit Islands  Sutherland


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Rabbit Islands like this:

Rabbit Islands, three islets of Tongue parish, Sutherland, in the mouth of Tongue Bay. The two largest rise to a height of 100 feet, and all three have a sandy soil covered with verdure. They take their name from being occupied by swarms of rabbits, but they were anciently designated Eilean-na-Gaeil. signifying the island of strangers; and they are said to have got that name from having been a landing place of the Danes. They enclose good anchorage for ships of any burden.—Ord. Sur., sh. 114, 1880.

Additional information about this locality is available for Tongue

Rabbit Islands through time

Rabbit Islands is now part of Highland district. Click here for graphs and data of how Highland has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Rabbit Islands itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Rabbit Islands, in Highland and Sutherland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 21st May 2024

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