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Flannan Isles, Inverness-shire

Historical Description

FLANNAN ISLES, a group of seven islands, in the parish of Lewis, county of Inverness. They lie seventeen miles north-west of Gallan Head in Lewis, and are supposed to be the Insula Sacrce of ancient writers, and, from the number of Druidical remains still found upon them, to have been the residence of the Druids. The largest islet has an area of about eighty acres, the second in size perhaps twenty acres, and both are noted for fattening sheep; the rest are of much smaller dimensions, and altogether unoccupied. Various kinds of seafowl resort hither; and when, on the arrival of a boat, they come out of their holes, they are described as covering the surface of the islands, and giving them "the appearance of a meadow thickly enamelled with field-flowers". Though this group is much dreaded by mariners, it would seem that the danger of approach is not great.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 1851 by Samuel Lewis