Wannabe castaway who wanted to stay on Scottish island for 40 nights returns after a fortnight after bumping head

The castaway was on an island in the Outer Hebrides (Picture: Rex)

A wannabe castaway has been forced to cut short her stay on a remote Scottish island after she fell on some rocks and hit her head.

The unnamed woman planned to spend 40 days on the Shiant Isles off the coast of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, but twelve days into her solo adventure she slipped and fell.

On Monday, four days after the fall, she contacted the coastguard and complained of a severe headache, and was subsequently taken off the island.


She was transported by lifeboat to Stornoway and taken to Western Isles Hospital, where her condition is unknown.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency conformed she was on her own on the Shiants, which were last month finally declared free of rats following a £1 million, four-year scheme to remove them to protect seabirds’ habitats.

The woman was taken by lifeboat to Stornoway (Picture: Rex)

The animals were descendants of rats left shipwrecked on the islands more than 100 years ago.

In 2012, a survey found there were about 3,600 rats there, which increased to about 10,000 during summer months when food was plentiful.

The woman had planned to stay on the islands until the beginning of next month.

Stornaway Lifeboat launched after 9am to reach the woman after seeking advice from NHS Direct, before taking her off the Shiants.