Ocean Ports of Call

Flannan Isles - UK, Scotland Highlights:
Lighthouse mystery, Guillemots, Razorbills and Puffins
The Flannan Isles, also known as the "Seven Hunters", are a small island group in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, lying approximately 20 miles west of the Isle of Lewis. The major islands are Eilean Mor and Eilean Tigre and have been uninhabited since the automation of the lighthouse in 1971. They are the location of an enduring mystery which occurred there in December 1900 when all three lighthouse keepers vanished without trace. The islands are home to many breeding seabirds in summer including Guillemots, Razorbills and Puffins.

In the 8th century the Flannan Group was said to be owned by a rich family living on Lewis. When the outer islands of the Hebrides were occupated by the Vikings, Irish monks fled to the Flannans and built a church and monastery, dated to 990. They may have taken their name from St. Flannan, the 7th century Irish preacher and Abbot. In the 16th century the monastery was abandoned and the Flannan Islands came under the McLeods Clan. Since the mid 1970's the Flannan's have been owned by the National Trust of Scotland.

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