The Rabbit Islands seen from near Melness,Sutherland.Sony Alpha 350 DSLR 18-70 lens,single RAW tonemapped in Photomatix
The Rabbit Islands are a group of three uninhabited small islands off the north coast of Sutherland, Scotland in Tongue Bay. In Scottish Gaelic, and occasionally in English, they are known as Eileanan nan Gall, which is sometimes anglicised as “Eilean-na-Gaeil” or “Eilean nan Gaill”.The islands’ modern name derives from their sandy soil, which favours rabbit burrows and makes their presence particularly obvious. They are fairly low lying, slender in shape, and along with the surrounding fjord of Tongue Bay, they show the effects of former glaciation. They are made up of sandstone.
They are near Coldbackie, Melness and Talmine on the mainland, and Eilean nan Ròn is to the north east. They are in the parish of Tongue
The islands’ older name “Eileanan nan Gall”, means “islands of the strangers”, or “Norsemen”.
Supposedly, a ship carrying gold to Charles Edward Stuart was wrecked on the island. The northernmost of the group is called Sgeir an Òir (skerry of the gold), which is perhaps a reference to this. Source Wikipedia