The Shiant Isles represent many things to many people in the Northwest Highlands, the Outer Hebrides and beyond. Deriving their name from the Irish Gaelic séanta (meaning ‘consecrated’, ‘hallowed’ or ‘charmed’) and the Scottish Gaelic Na h-Eileanan Sianta (meaning ‘holy’ or ‘enchanted isles’), these islands are small, but of great significance geologically, culturally and in the natural world.

Artist Alison Dunlop lives in Wester Ross and can see the islands from her studio. “From my vantage point on the mainland, they are, despite their diminished scale, a compelling presence on the horizon,” ...


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