The Shiants are a small group of islands in the Hebrides, in North West Scotland, four miles or so off the coast of Lewis and 12 from the northern tip of Skye, which lies almost due south of them. They are one of the marvels of the Hebrides and their previous owner, Adam Nicolson, has published a book about them under the title of Sea Room. As he says there, the book is 'an attempt to tell the whole story, as I now understand it, of a tiny place in as many dimensions as possible: geologically, spiritually, botanically, historically, culturally, aesthetically, ornithologically, etymologically, emotionally, politically, socially, archaeologically and personally.'
Not everything that has been written or discovered about the islands could be fitted within the covers of the book and so this website works as a kind of annexe, in which anyone who is interested can read further into the background and details of this extraordinary place.
Members of the British Trust for Ornithology on a recent expedition to the Shiants found the two oldest Puffins in Britain. Read more ...
The report of the Shiants Auk Ringing Group for 2012 has been added to the Natural History section.
Adam Nicolson's latest book also has a website to support it. The Gentry- Stories of the English is a history of England told through its families. This website contains family trees, a few maps and many images illustrating some of the background to the twelve families who carry the story of England in the book.