Eilean Ruairidh Mòr

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Eilean Ruairidh Mòr
Eilean Ruairidh Mòr is located in Ross and Cromarty
Eilean Ruairidh Mòr
Eilean Ruairidh Mòr
Eilean Ruairidh Mòr shown within Scotland
OS grid reference NG897733
Gaelic name Eilean Ruairidh Mòr
Meaning of name Island of Big Rory/Roderick
Physical geography
Island group Loch Maree
Area 38 ha[1]
Area rank (Freshwater: 10) [2]
Highest elevation 51 m
Political geography
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Highland
Population 0
References [3][4]

Eilean Ruairidh Mòr is a forested island in Loch Maree, Wester Ross, Scotland. Its name was formerly anglicised as "Ellan-Rorymore".[5]

Eilean Ruairidh Mòr

Owned by the Forestry Commission, Eilean Ruairidh Mòr forms part of Slattadale Forest.[6] The islands in Loch Maree are among the least disturbed in Britain and are managed as a national nature reserve.[7]


Eilean Ruairidh Mòr was planted with pines in about 1815. There are remains of a subterranean circular structure,[5] similar to a Scandinavian dùn or burgh. The ancestors of the Mackenzies of Gairloch held it as a place of security from the attacks of the Macleods.[8]


  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. ^ 2001 UK Census per List of islands of Scotland
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey
  5. ^ a b Wilson, Rev. John The Gazetteer of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1882) Published by W. & A.K. Johnstone
  6. ^ "Overview of Ruairidh Mòr". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 15 December 2007. 
  7. ^ "Loch Maree Islands National Nature Reserve". Scottish Natural Heritage. Retrieved 14 December 2007. 
  8. ^ "Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland". Electric Scotland. Retrieved 15 December 2007. 

Coordinates: 57°42.05′N 5°31.75′W / 57.70083°N 5.52917°W / 57.70083; -5.52917