Eilean Ornsay

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Eilean Ornsay
Eilean Ornsay is located in Argyll and Bute
Eilean Ornsay
Eilean Ornsay
Eilean Ornsay shown within Argyll and Bute
OS grid reference NR161523
Gaelic name Eilean Ornsay
Meaning of name tidal island
Area and summit
Area 14 hectares (0.1 sq mi)
Highest elevation 10 metres (33 ft)
Population 0
Island group Mull
Local Authority Argyll and Bute
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Eilean Ornsay is a rocky and uninhabited island located off the south-western coast of the Inner Hebridean island of Coll. It is situated on the western side of Loch Eatharna and is joined to Coll at low tide.[2] Evidence of the dun and other archaeological finds were recently discovered by a field walk on the east side of Coll.[3]

Eilean Ornsay, 2007


Location of duns, hillforts, and crannogs, on Coll.

The island was recently visited by members of Coll Archaeology Association Shorewatch, resulting in the discovery of evidence of several archaeological sites which had previously been unrecorded. Evidence of a possible dun was found located at grid reference NM2260855491. Several examples of rock-cut basins were found: one located at grid reference NM2232951503; and three located at grid reference NM2238854899. A kelp kiln was found at grid reference NM2255855492; a shell mound was found at grid reference NM2234555423; a sheiling at grid reference NM2248353480; and an enclosure at grid reference NM2250353492.[4]


  1. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  2. ^ "Ornsay, Eilean". www.geo.ed.ac.uk. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Coll, Eilean Ornsay". www.canmore.rcahms.gov.uk. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Turner, Robin, ed. (2004). "2003" (pdf). Discovery and Excavation in Scotland. New series (Council for Scottish Archaeology) 4: pp. 29–30. ISSN 0419-411X. 

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Coordinates: 56°36′27.96″N 6°31′27.6″W / 56.6077667°N 6.524333°W / 56.6077667; -6.524333