Eilean Fladday

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Eilean Fladday
Eilean Fladday is located in Isle of Skye
Eilean Fladday
Eilean Fladday
Eilean Fladday shown within Scotland
OS grid reference NG587511
Meaning of name 'raft' or 'float' island
Physical geography
Island group Skye
Area 120 hectares (0.46 sq mi)[1]
Area rank 139= [2]
Highest elevation 39 metres (128 ft)
Political geography
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Highland
Population 0
References [3][4]

Eilean Fladday (also Fladda) is a previously populated, tidal island off Raasay, near Skye.

Caol Fladda looking towards Eilean Fladday


Eilean Fladday lies off the north west coast of Raasay, across Caol Fladday (Kyle Fladda), which dries at half-tide.[5]

Once a thriving crofting community, the island now only has three cottages, used as holiday lets. The population is recorded as 29 (1841), 51 (1891), 12 (1951) and 12 (1971).[6] Five families lived there in the late 1920s. Their petition to Inverness County Council to build a road and footbridge was rejected.[6] A subsequent appeal to the Education Department to provide a school, was successful only after a rate strike.[6] Raasay crofter, Calum MacLeod (who later built "Calum's Road") constructed a track from Torran to Fladda between 1949 and 1952. This did not stem the exodus from the island and the last families left Fladda in 1965.[6]


  1. ^ Rick Livingstone’s Tables of the Islands of Scotland (pdf) Argyll Yacht Charters. Retrieved 12 Dec 2011.
  2. ^ Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands >20ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
  3. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. p. 166. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  4. ^ "Get-a Map" Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Historical Perspective of Raasay". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d Hutchinson, Roger (2006). Calum's Road. Birlinn. ISBN 1-84158-677-3. 

Coordinates: 57°29′9″N 6°1′40″W / 57.48583°N 6.02778°W / 57.48583; -6.02778