Tales from Rousay
Craig & Annelliey live on a remote island called Rousay in Orkney. They asked me to connect with you all during this period of lockdown. So this page is for you! A way of joining two worlds together and sharing their life with you. We all hope you enjoy the daily updates and learn loads from this incredible place and their inspiring lives.
Welcome to our world
Rousay is an island within the Orkney Islands, in the North of Scotland.
It is the sixth-largest island in Orkney, at 11,937 acres, and has a population of approximately 220.
Rousay has been nicknamed 'The Egypt of the North' due to its richness in archaeological sites - a total of 166, including Midhowe Broch and Cairn, popular destinations for visitors to the island.
The name of this fascinating island has developed over hundreds of years, after originally being named 'Hrólfs-øy' (meaning 'Rolf's Island'). Orkney was under Norse rule from the 800s until 1486 - when it was subsequently surrendered to Scotland - with the name 'Hrólfs' a common first name for Norsemen. In the late 1300s, the island's name became 'Rollesay', before developing into 'Rolsay' in the 1400s, and into the more familiar, 'Rowsay' in the early 1500s. The island was finally first referred to as 'Rousay' in the year 1549.
Today, Rousay is a very self-sufficient island, with a Grocery Shop, Primary School, Doctor's Surgery, Post Office, Fitness Centre, and Church, as well as an Inn serving meals, Builders, Gardening Services, Hairdressers, a Fuel Station and a Haulier/Refuse Collector. Rousay also has a Fire Station, the services of which are shared between Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre, as is the Ambulance. Orkney Ferries continues to provide regular ferry sailings between Rousay, Egilsay, Wyre, and Tingwall, with RAFT Services providing public transport on Rousay. Orkney's Mobile Library continues to make monthly visits.
There are also many social groups and activities on the island, including: an Over-60s Lunch Club, Badminton and Table Tennis, Youth Club, Dancing Groups, Yoga Classes, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Spinning Group, Film Showings, and loads more; you are more than welcome to join in the fun!
Due to its close proximity to the Mainland of Orkney, Rousay residents are able to make use of the many services elsewhere in Orkney too - there's shops, dentists, vets, butchers, supermarkets, a cinema, a leisure centre, many sports facilities, swimming pools, and plenty more!
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My brother, Craig and his partner Annelliey live on a beautiful, remote island called Rousay. While life up there can be harsh they have wonderful experiences that we all thought we would like to share with you all. I have spoken to them both and asked them to send me updates as they work their land, their lives and experience wildlife at its best on their island.
Their updates hopefully will inspire us all and remind us all how precious our environment is.
I hope you enjoy their tales and I am sure you will join me in saying thank you for taking the time to share your life with us.