The Summer Isles are a group of islands belonging to Cromartyshire, lying in the mouth of Loch Broom on the west coast of Ross. They form part of the parish of Lochbroom. In Gaelic they are known as Na h-Eileanan Samhraidh, with the exact same meaning as the English.
There is but one inhabited island amongst the Summer Isles, Tanera Mòr, which is also the largest. It is home to an Atlantic salmon fish farm, some rental holiday homes, a café and a post office, which has operated its own local post and printed its own stamps since 1970.
None of the islands has any roads and the only recognisable path is on Tanera Mòr and goes around the Anchorage, the sheltered bay on the east side of the island. Boats sail to Tanera Mòr from Achiltibuie and Ullapool.
Frank Fraser Darling, an important figure in the development of conservation, lived on Tanera Mòr for two years in the 1930s. His book, Island Years (published 1940), records his time in the Summer Isles, painting Priest Island as a place of great beauty as well as great wildlife.
The Isles in literature
- The Summer Isles feature in a novella of the same name by Ian R MacLeod
- The fictional Summer Isle, Cladach Duillich (Sad Shore), features in the 1977 Desmond Bagley novel "The Enemy".
- The pagan island of "Summerisle" featured in the 1973 film The Wicker Man is often associated with this group, and no doubt it inspired the name. In actuality The Wicker Man was filmed not on an island but around Newton Stewart in Wigtownshire.
Summer Isles Philatelic Bureau
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- Panorama of the Summer Isles (QuickTime required)
- "Summer Isles website". http://www.summer-isles.com. Retrieved 2007-12-15.
- "Priest Island". RSPB. http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/p/priestisland/index.asp. Retrieved 2007-12-15.
- Steven H Silver. "review of I R MacLeod book". http://www.sfsite.com/~silverag/summerisles.html. Retrieved 2007-12-15.
- The Wicker Man (1973) filming locations movie-locations.com. Retrieved 1 August 2008.
- "Modern British Local Posts CD Catalogue, 2009 Edition". Phillips. 2003. http://www.seahorsepublishers.com/phillipscatalogues.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-08.
- "The Post Office" summer-isles.com. Retrieved 8 December 2008.
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