Eilean Tigh

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Not to be confused with Eilean an Taighe.
Eilean Tigh
Location
Eilean Tigh is located in Isle of Skye
Eilean Tigh
Eilean Tigh
Eilean Tigh shown within Scotland
OS grid reference NG603538
Names
Gaelic name Eilean Taigh
Meaning of name house island
Area and summit
Area 54 ha[1]
Area rank 195=[3]
Highest elevation Meall Mòr 111 m[2]
Groupings
Island group Skye
Local Authority Highland
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Eilean Tigh is a tidal island in the Sound of Raasay of Scotland, that lies between Rona and Raasay.

Approximately 54 hectares (130 acres) in extent, the island was once settled and the ruins of various structures are still visible at the south end.[2] "Eilean Tigh" is a Gaelic name that means "house island" or "home island".

Eilean Tigh from Raasay

It is a rugged island and the coastline is largely cliff-lined and rocky. Eilean Tigh is connected to the northern tip of neighbouring Raasay at low tides by a rocky ledge that crosses Caol Eilean Tigh.[4] Rona lies about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) away across the straits of Caol Rona at the centre of which is tiny Eilean an Fhraoich (English: heather island). On the Rona side are Garbh Eilean (rough island) and Eilean Seamraig. Eilean Fladday is 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) to the south and Skye is some 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) to the west across the Sound.

There are good anchorages nearby off Eilean Fladday and Rona, but the nearest road stops at Arnish on Raasay, from where it is about a two hour walk to Eilean Tigh.[4] The north western tip of the island is Rubha na Cloich' Uaine - the point of the green stone.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rick Livingstone’s Tables of the Islands of Scotland (pdf) Argyll Yacht Charters. Retrieved 12 Dec 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Get-a-Map". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 9 December 2009.
  3. ^ Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands >20ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
  4. ^ a b Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. p. 166. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 

Coordinates: 57°30′40″N 6°0′10″W / 57.51111°N 6.00278°W / 57.51111; -6.00278