Jul 19, 2012
Birds, birds, more birds and precious few home comforts. Robert Atkinson's Island-Going is about sailing and camping in the roughest of weathers in the Outer Hebrides in the 1930s, looking for some very tiny birds and animals, summer after summer. North Rona, Handa, the Shiants, St Kilda, and Sula Sgeir are visited, docketed, deeply appreciated, and left to their own devices again. Millions of puffins, thousands of predatory greater black-backed gulls, and really rather large numbers of the elusive Leach's fork-tailed petrel. Bring your own sleeping-bag.