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TITLE
Looking towards the Island of Rona from Eilean Tighe
EXTERNAL ID
PC_JMACKENZIE_001
PLACENAME
Island of Rona
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Portree
CREATOR
Julia Mackenzie
SOURCE
Julia Mackenzie
ASSET ID
28847
KEYWORDS
Hebrides
Hebridean
islanders
islands
crofting
crofter
crofters
croft
crofts
seafood
sea food
sea bird
sea birds
birds' eggs
bird eggs
birds eggs
Looking towards the Island of Rona from Eilean Tighe

This photograph was taken from Eilean Tighe (Island of the House) which lies off the north end of Raasay in the Inner Hebrides. It looks towards the Island of Rona, with the small island of Eilean na Shuimrag (Shamrock Isle) and the slightly larger Eilean na Fraoich (Heather Isle) lying between them.

The photograph was provided by Julia Mackenzie, who was born on Eilean Tighe in 1923 and later moved to Kyle Rona. In the late 1990s she revisited Eilean Tighe which is now deserted. This visit prompted her to write a book about her childhood memories of island life. In 'Whirligig beetles and tackety boots' she recalls that they used to go to Eilean na Shuimrag to gather sea bird eggs for food:

'Sometimes, both at Eilean Tighe and Kyle Rona, father took us to one of the little rocky islands between Eilean Tighe and Rona; I think mostly when he was doing the trip to Rona Lighthouse anyway. This was in order to collect sea bird eggs. There would be dozens of nests just on little grassy patches between the rocks. The birds were mostly different types of seagulls, ducks, sandpipers, oyster-catchers and terns. When we brought them home, we put them in a bowl of water. The drill was, if they floated they were discarded - I suppose these would have a chick in them. If they sank, they were good for eating, and my, they really were the best eggs I've ever tasted.'

'Whirligig beetles and tackety boots' is available for purchase from Blythswood Bookshops. All proceeds go towards the work of Blythswood Care

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Looking towards the Island of Rona from Eilean Tighe

INVERNESS: Portree

Hebrides; Hebridean; islanders; islands; crofting; crofter; crofters; croft; crofts; seafood; sea food; sea bird; sea birds; birds' eggs; bird eggs; birds eggs

Julia Mackenzie

This photograph was taken from Eilean Tighe (Island of the House) which lies off the north end of Raasay in the Inner Hebrides. It looks towards the Island of Rona, with the small island of Eilean na Shuimrag (Shamrock Isle) and the slightly larger Eilean na Fraoich (Heather Isle) lying between them.<br /> <br /> The photograph was provided by Julia Mackenzie, who was born on Eilean Tighe in 1923 and later moved to Kyle Rona. In the late 1990s she revisited Eilean Tighe which is now deserted. This visit prompted her to write a book about her childhood memories of island life. In 'Whirligig beetles and tackety boots' she recalls that they used to go to Eilean na Shuimrag to gather sea bird eggs for food:<br /> <br /> 'Sometimes, both at Eilean Tighe and Kyle Rona, father took us to one of the little rocky islands between Eilean Tighe and Rona; I think mostly when he was doing the trip to Rona Lighthouse anyway. This was in order to collect sea bird eggs. There would be dozens of nests just on little grassy patches between the rocks. The birds were mostly different types of seagulls, ducks, sandpipers, oyster-catchers and terns. When we brought them home, we put them in a bowl of water. The drill was, if they floated they were discarded - I suppose these would have a chick in them. If they sank, they were good for eating, and my, they really were the best eggs I've ever tasted.'<br /> <br /> 'Whirligig beetles and tackety boots' is available for purchase from Blythswood Bookshops. All proceeds go towards the work of Blythswood Care