Eilean Rìgh

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Not to be confused with a similarly named islet south of Ulva at NM397380.
Eilean Rìgh
Eilean Rìgh is located in Argyll and Bute
Eilean Rìgh
Eilean Rìgh
Eilean Rìgh shown within Scotland
OS grid reference NM801018
Gaelic name Eilean Rìgh
Meaning of name King's Island
Area and summit
Area 86 hectares (0.33 sq mi)
Area rank 155=[1]
Highest elevation Dùn Righ 55 m
Population 0
Island group Islay
Local Authority Argyll and Bute
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References [2][3][4]

Eilean Rìgh is an island in the Inner Hebrides of the west coast of Scotland. It lies in Loch Craignish, about 300 metres (0.2 mi) off the Argyll coastline. The name is Gaelic for "King's Island", although which royal is not known.


Looking south from Eilean Mhic Chrion to Eilean Rìgh

The island has the remains of two Iron Age forts.[5]

In the 1930s, the island was home to Sir Reginald Johnston, retired tutor to Puyi, the last Chinese emperor. Johnston modernised the houses, built a Buddhist temple, and even flew the flag of Manchukuo in the Chinese-style gardens.[5] The property was purchased by a retired Indian army officer, Major Campbell, who lived in it with his family until the outbreak of the Second World War, when they left for a house in Ardfern. In 1959 it was purchased by Wilfred Brown and his cousin Robert Banks Skinner as a holiday home.[citation needed] In 1992 it was sold to James Waldegrave, Viscount Chewton.[citation needed]

The current owner is a Scottish-based financier, Christian Siva-Jothy, who bought the island in 1999 and then substantially renovated the properties on it. He is a former partner in Goldman Sachs, where he was in charge of Proprietary Trading. He retired from Goldman Sachs in 2005.[6]

As of June 2012, Eilean Rìgh is now for sale for offers over £3,000,000 having originally been bought by Siva-Jothy for £400,000.[7]


  1. ^ Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands >20ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
  2. ^ 2001 UK Census per List of islands of Scotland
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey
  4. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  5. ^ a b "Overview of Eilean Righ". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Legendary success of a geeky talent". London: The Times. 2005-08-13. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  7. ^ s1homes. "7 bedroom detached house for sale in Ardfern". Retrieved 29 June 2012. 

Coordinates: 56°9′30″N 5°32′28″W / 56.15833°N 5.54111°W / 56.15833; -5.54111