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Rockall Island Visitor Information Guide
Rockall Island Visitor Information Guide

Rockall Island Visitor Information Guide

Rockall an uninhabited, barren rock, in the Atlantic some 190 miles west of St Kilda, on l0 Feb. 1972, under the Island of Rockall Act, became the first addition to Her Majesty's territories in the United Kingdom for some centuries, and it was specifically incorporated in ‘that part known as Scotland’ in fact, it became a part of Harris, then administered by Inverness-shire, and is thus now under the Western Isles Authority.

Rockall is a little, uninhabited islet that may be found in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. It is located roughly 430 kilometres (267 miles) to the west of the main area of Scotland and is considered to be a part of Scotland. Rockall is distinguished by its remote location, its steep topography, and its function as a point of contention in geographical and territorial disputes.

The following are some of the most important facts regarding Rockall:

Rockall is a small, rocky islet that has a total area of only approximately 25 square metres. Its location in the world's oceans makes it unique. Because it is made up of a massive granite boulder that rises from the water, gaining access to it might be difficult.

Territorial Disputes: Due to its potential relevance for claims to offshore oil and fishing rights, Rockall has been the subject of territorial disputes between the United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, and Denmark (for the Faroe Islands). These territorial conflicts concern Rockall.

Inaccessibility Rockall is notoriously difficult to approach due to the fact that it is situated in a desolate area and is surrounded by the unforgiving waters of the North Atlantic. A small number of humans and research missions have been successful in ascending it and landing on its surface.

Rockall is an important nesting ground for seabirds such as fulmars and guillemots, despite its relatively modest size. The island is home to a wide variety of seabird species.

Rockall is a place that has been mentioned in a number of different historical texts extending all the way back to the 15th century, indicating that it is of great historical importance.

Research and Surveys: Over the course of its history, Rockall has been the subject of scientific expeditions that have been sent there to investigate the region's geology, wildlife, and oceanography. These studies contribute to our overall comprehension of the ecosystems that are found in the North Atlantic.

Legal Status: Although Rockall is officially considered to be a part of Scotland, the United Kingdom does claim authority over the territory. On the other hand, the territorial disagreements that were discussed earlier have not been completely settled.

Rockall's low profile and remote location make it a potential navigational hazard for ships, particularly when the weather is unfavourable. This hazard is increased when the seas are rough.

In general, Rockall is a distant and enigmatic islet with a convoluted history that is still the subject of continuing territorial disputes. Although it is not your standard tourist location, it does have a special position with regard to both geography and geopolitics.

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Rockall 240 miles west of Harris, ousting St Kilda as the most westerly place in the British Isles, rises sheer from the Atlantic to about 70 ft and its top measures 100 ft by 80 ft. It had actually been annexed to the Crown in 1955 by a Royal Navy landing party, but no legislation was then passed. Immediately after the 1972 incorporation HM Forces visited the island and installed an automatic navigation light.

Rockall is hardly suitable or accessible for visitors, but. apart from being a new piece of Scotland. it may well be of vital economic importance in extending fishery limits and oil and other mineral rights.

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