People lived on Rona from very early times right up to the late 1880s.
St Ronan’s Cell, an early Christian church, is situated in the old village on the south-west side of the island. The village houses were stone and turf constructions.
Villagers (thought to number around 30 souls) farmed the land using feannagen or lazy-beds, with cattle and sheep also reared. Naturally, the sea produced a substantial part of their diet.
Nowadays, an automatic lighthouse is the main human trace on the island.