List of islands of Scotland
This is a list of islands of Scotland, the mainland of which is part of the island of Great Britain. Also included are various other related tables and lists. The definition of an offshore island used in this list is "land that is surrounded by seawater on a daily basis, but not necessarily at all stages of the tide, excluding human devices such as bridges and causeways".[Note 1]
Scotland has over 790 offshore islands, most of which are to be found in four main groups: Shetland, Orkney, and the Hebrides, sub-divided into the Inner Hebrides and Outer Hebrides. There are also clusters of islands in the Firth of Clyde, Firth of Forth, and Solway Firth, and numerous small islands within the many bodies of fresh water in Scotland including Loch Lomond and Loch Maree.
Many of these islands are swept by strong tides, and the Corryvreckan tide race between Scarba and Jura is one of the largest whirlpools in the world. Other strong tides are to be found in the Pentland Firth between mainland Scotland and Orkney, and another example is the "Grey Dog" between Scarba and Lunga. The geology and geomorphology of the islands is varied. Some, such as Skye and Mull are mountainous, whilst others like Tiree and Sanday are relatively low lying. Many have bedrock made from ancient Archaean Lewisian Gneiss which was formed 3 billion years ago; Shapinsay and other Orkney islands are formed from Old Red Sandstone, which is 400 million years old; and others such as Rùm from more recent Tertiary volcanoes.
The largest island is Lewis and Harris which extends to 2,179 square kilometres, and there are a further 200 islands which are greater than 40 hectares in area. Of the remainder, several such as Staffa and the Flannan Isles are well known despite their small size.
Some 99 Scottish islands are populated, of which 94 are offshore islands.[Note 2] The local government council areas with the most inhabited islands are Argyll and Bute with 26, Orkney with 20, Shetland with 16 and Highland and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar with 15 each.[Note 3] Many previously inhabited islands such as Mingulay, Noss and the St Kilda archipelago have been abandoned during the course of the past century and today only 14 islands are populated by over 1,000 people and 45 by over 100. Between 1991 and 2001, the population of the islands fell by 3% overall, although there were 35 islands whose population increased. The total population of all the islands in 2001 was 99,739.
The culture of the islands has been affected by the successive influences of Celtic, Norse and English speaking peoples and this is reflected in names given to the islands. Most of the Hebrides have names with Scots Gaelic derivations, whilst those of the Northern Isles tend to be derived from the Viking names. A few have Brythonic, Scots and even perhaps pre-Celtic roots. A feature of modern island life is the low crime rate and they are considered to be amongst the safest places to live in Britain.
Rockall is a small rocky islet in the North Atlantic which was declared part of Scotland by the Island of Rockall Act 1972. However, the legality of the claim is disputed by the Republic of Ireland, Denmark and Iceland and it is probably unenforceable in international law.
Larger islands 
This is a list of Scottish islands that either have an area greater than 40 hectares (approximately 100 acres) and/or are inhabited. The main groups, from Haswell-Smith (2004), in many cases provide a more useful guide to location than local authority areas. These groups are: Firth of Clyde, Islay, Firth of Lorn, Mull, Small Isles, Skye, Lewis and Harris, Uists and Barra, St Kilda, Orkney, Shetland and Firth of Forth. In a few cases where the island is part of either a recognisable smaller group or an archipelago, or is located away from the main groups, an archipelago, local authority or other descriptive name is used instead. "F" designates a freshwater island.
|Island||Group||Area (ha)||Population||Height (m)|
|Ailsa Craig (Creag Ealasaid)||Firth of Clyde||99||0||338|
|Arran (Eilean Arainn)||Firth of Clyde||43,201||5,045||874|
|Baleshare (Baile Sear)||Uists and Barra||910||49||12|
|Barra (Barraigh)||Uists and Barra||5,875||1,078||383|
|Barra Head (Beàrnaraigh)||Uists and Barra||204||0||193|
|Benbecula (Beinn nam Fadhla)||Uists and Barra||8,203||1,219||124|
|Berneray, North Uist (Beàrnaraigh)||Uists and Barra||1,010||136||93|
|Boreray (Boraraigh)||St Kilda||86||0||384|
|Boreray (Boraraigh)||Uists and Barra||204||0||56|
|Bute (Eilean Bhòid)||Firth of Clyde||12,217||7,149||278|
|Calf of Eday||Orkney||243||0||54|
|Calbha Mor||Edrachillis Bay||70||0||67|
|Canna (Eilean Chanaigh)||Small Isles||1,130||6||210|
|Ceallasaigh Mòr||Uists and Barra||55||0||10|
|Ceallasaigh Beag||Uists and Barra||46||0||10|
|Ceann Ear||Monach Islands||203||0||17|
|Ceann Iar||Monach Islands||154||0||19|
|Davaar (Eilean Dà Bhàrr)||Firth of Clyde||52 *||2||115|
|Dunglass Island (F)||River Conon||40 *||0||8|
|Easdale (Eilean Eisdeal)||Slate Islands||<20 *||58||38|
|Eigg (Eige)||Small Isles||3,049||67||393|
|Eileach an Naoimh||Garvellachs||56||0||80|
|Eilean Bàn, Lochalsh||Highland||<10 *||2||5|
|Eilean Chaluim Chille||Lewis and Harris||85||0||43|
|Eilean Chearstaidh||Lewis and Harris||77||0||37|
|Eilean Donan||Highland||<1 *||1||3|
|Eilean Dubh Mòr||Slate Islands||65||0||53|
|Eilean Fladday||Inner Hebrides||120||0||39|
|Eilean Liubhaird||Lewis and Harris||125||0||76|
|Eilean Meadhonach||Crowlin Islands||77||0||54|
|Eilean Mhic Chrion||Islay||54 *||0||63|
|Eilean Mòr||Crowlin Islands||170||0||114|
|Eilean Mòr (F)||Lewis||59 *||0||64|
|Eilean nan Ròn||Highland||138||0||76|
|Eilean Shona||Small Isles||525||9||265|
|Eilean Sùbhainn (F)||Loch Maree||118 *||0||36|
|Eileanan Iasgaich||Uists and Barra||50||0||23|
|Ensay (Easaigh)||Uists and Barra||186||0||49|
|Eriska||Loch Linnhe||310 *||0||47|
|Eriskay (Èirisgeigh)||Uists and Barra||703||133||185|
|Erraid (Eilean Earraid)||Mull||187||8||75|
|Fiaraidh||Uists and Barra||41||0||30|
|Flodaigh||Uists and Barra||145 *||11||20|
|Flodaigh Mòr||Uists and Barra||58||0||28|
|Flodday, Sound of Barra||Uists and Barra||40||0||41|
|Fraoch-eilean||Uists and Barra||55||?||11|
|Fuaigh Mòr (Vuia Mòr)||Lewis and Harris||84||0||67|
|Fuday (Fuideigh)||Uists and Barra||232||0||89|
|Fuiay (Fuidheigh)||Uists and Barra||84||0||107|
|Garbh Eilean||Shiant Islands||143||0||160|
|Garbh Eilean, Loch Maree (F)||Loch Maree||65 *||0||25|
|Gighay (Gioghaigh)||Uists and Barra||96||0||95|
|Great Bernera (Beàrnaraigh Mòr)||Lewis and Harris||2,122||233||87|
|Great Cumbrae (Cumaradh Mòr)||Firth of Clyde||1,168||1,434||127|
|Grimsay (Griomasaigh)||Uists and Barra||833||201||22|
|Grimsay (South) (Griomasaigh)||Uists and Barra||117 *||19||20|
|Gruinard Island (Eilean Ghruinneard)||Highland||196||0||106|
|Handa (Eilean Shannda)||Highland||309||0||123|
|Hellisay (Theiliseigh)||Uists and Barra||142||0||79|
|Hermetray (Thearnatraigh)||Uists and Barra||72||0||35|
|Hirta (Hiort)||St Kilda||670||0||430|
|Holy Isle (Eilean MoLaise)||Firth of Clyde||253||13||314|
|Horse Island||Summer Isles||53||0||60|
|Inchcailloch (F) (Innis na Cailleach)||Loch Lomond||50||0||85|
|Inchcolm (Innis Choluim)||Firth of Forth||9 *||2||34|
|Inchfad (F) (Innis Fada)||Loch Lomond||c.40 *||2||24|
|Inch Kenneth (Innis Choinnich)||Mull||55||0||49|
|Inchlonaig (F)||Loch Lomond||80||0||62|
|Inchmarnock (Innis Mheàrnaig)||Firth of Clyde||266||0||60|
|Inchmurrin (F) (Innis Mheadhran)||Loch Lomond||120||13||89|
|Inchtavannach (F) (Innis Taigh a' Mhanaich)||Loch Lomond||70||3||84|
|Innis Chonan (F)||Loch Awe||8 *||1||62|
|Iona (Ì Chaluim Chille)||Mull||877||125||100|
|Isle Martin (Eilean Mhàrtainn)||Summer Isles||157||0||120|
|Isle of Ewe (Eilean Iùbh)||Highland||309||12||72|
|Isle of May (Eilean Mhàigh)||Firth of Forth||45||0||50|
|Isle Ristol (Eilean Ruisteil)||Summer Isles||225 *||0||71|
|Kerrera (Cearrara)||Firth of Lorne||1,214||42||189|
|Killegray (Ceileagraigh)||Lewis and Harris||176||0||45|
|Kirkibost (Eilean Chirceboist)||Uists and Barra||205||0||7|
|Lewis and Harris (Leòdhas agus na Hearadh)||Lewis and Harris||217,898||19,918||799|
|Linga, Muckle Roe||Shetland||70||0||69|
|Lismore (Lios Mòr)||Loch Linnhe||2,351||146||127|
|Little Bernera (Beàrnaraigh Beag)||Lewis and Harris||138||0||41|
|Little Colonsay (Colbhasa Beag)||Mull||88||0||61|
|Little Cumbrae (Cumaradh Beag)||Firth of Clyde||313||0||123|
|Longa Island (Longa)||Highland||126||0||70|
|Luing (An t-Eilean Luinn)||Slate Islands||1,430||212||94|
|Eilean Mhealasta||Lewis and Harris||124||0||77|
|Mingulay (Miughalaigh)||Uists and Barra||640||0||273|
|Moncrieffe Island (F) (Eilean Monadh Craoibhe)||River Tay||46 *||3||5|
|Muck (Eilean nam Muc)||Small Isles||559||30||137|
|Muldoanich (Maol Dòmhnaich)||Uists and Barra||78||0||153|
|North Rona (Rònaigh)||Atlantic Outlier||109||0||108|
|North Uist (Uibhist a Tuath)||Uists and Barra||30,305||1,271||347|
|Oldany Island||Highland||200 *||0||104|
|Oronsay (Orasaigh)||Uists and Barra||85||0||25|
|Oronsay (Orasaigh)||Mull||230 *||0||58|
|Pabay Mòr||Lewis and Harris||101||0||68|
|Pabbay (Pabaigh)||Uists and Barra||250||0||171|
|Pabbay (Pabaigh)||Lewis and Harris||820||0||196|
|Priest Island (Eilean a' Chlèirich)||Summer Isles||122||0||78|
|Ronay (Rònaigh)||Uists and Barra||563||0||115|
|Sanda Island (Sandaigh)||Firth of Clyde||151||1||123|
|Sanday (Sandaigh)||Small Isles||184||6||59|
|Sandray (Sanndraigh)||Uists and Barra||385||0||207|
|Scalpay (Sgalpaigh)||Lewis and Harris||653||322||104|
|Scarp (An Sgarp)||Lewis and Harris||1,045||0||308|
|Seaforth Island (Eilean Shìphiort)||Lewis and Harris||273||0||217|
|Seil (Saoil)||Slate Islands||1,329||560||146|
|Sgeotasaigh||Lewis and Harris||49||0||57|
|Shillay (Siolaigh)||Lewis and Harris||47||0||79|
|Shuna (Siuna)||Slate Islands||451||1||90|
|Shuna (Siuna)||Loch Linnhe||155||0||71|
|Skye (An t-Eilean Sgitheanach)||Skye||165,625||9,232||993|
|Soay (Soaigh)||St Kilda||99||0||378|
|Soay Mòr (Sòdhaigh Mòr)||Lewis and Harris||45||0||37|
|South Rona (Rònaigh)||Skye||930||2||125|
|South Uist (Uibhist a Deas)||Uists and Barra||32,026||1,818||620|
|South Walls||Orkney||1,100||120 (est)||57|
|Stockinish Island (Eilean Stocainis)||Lewis and Harris||49||0||44|
|Stromay (Sròmaigh)||Uists and Barra||66||0||16|
|Stuley||Uists and Barra||45||0||40|
|Tahay (Taghaigh)||Uists and Barra||53||0||65|
|Tanera Beag||Summer Isles||66||0||83|
|Tanera Mòr (Tannara Mòr)||Summer Isles||310||5||124|
|Taransay (Tarasaigh)||Lewis and Harris||1,475||0||267|
|Vacsay (Bhacsaigh)||Lewis and Harris||41||0||34|
|Vallay (Bhàlaigh)||Uists and Barra||260||0||38|
|Vatersay (Bhatarsaigh)||Uists and Barra||960||94||185|
|Wiay (Fuidheigh)||Uists and Barra||375||0||102|
Freshwater islands 
There are numerous other freshwater islands, of which the more notable include Lochindorb Castle Island, Loch Leven Castle Island, St Serf's Inch, and Inchmahome, each of which have played an important part in Scottish history.
Inchmurrin is the largest freshwater island in the British Isles. It is in Loch Lomond, which contains over sixty other islands. Loch Maree also contains several islands, the largest of which are Eilean Sùbhainn, Garbh Eilean and Eilean Ruairidh Mòr.
Smaller offshore islands 
This is a continuing list of uninhabited Scottish islands smaller than 40 hectares in size.
|Name||Island Group / Location|
|Horse Isle||Firth of Clyde|
|Inchgarvie||Firth of Forth|
|Inchkeith||Firth of Forth|
|Inchmickery||Firth of Forth|
|Innis Mhòr||Easter Ross|
|Kili Holm||Orkney Islands|
|Lady's Holm||Shetland Islands|
|Lady Isle||Firth of Clyde|
|The Lamb||Firth of Forth|
|Little Linga||Shetland Islands|
|Little Roe||Shetland Islands|
|Linga, Samphrey||Shetland Islands|
|Lunna Holm||Shetland Islands|
|Maiden Island||Inner Hebrides|
|Muckle Flugga||Shetland Islands|
|Muckle Green Holm||Orkney Islands|
|Muckle Skerry||Pentland Skerries|
|Mugdrum Island||Firth of Tay|
|North Havra||Shetland Islands|
|Out Stack||Shetland Islands|
|Pladda||Firth of Clyde|
|Rusk Holm||Orkney Islands|
|Rysa Little||Orkney Islands|
|Sgat Mòr and Sgat Beag||Firth of Clyde|
|Sheep Island||Firth of Clyde|
|Soay Beag||Outer Hebrides|
|South Isle of Gletness||Shetland Islands|
|St Ninian's Isle||Shetland Islands|
|Stac an Armin||St Kilda|
|Stac Biorach||St Kilda|
|Stac Lee||St Kilda|
|Stac Levenish||St Kilda|
|Sula Sgeir||Atlantic Ocean|
|Sule Skerry||Atlantic Ocean|
|Sule Stack||Atlantic Ocean|
|Sweyn Holm||Orkney Islands|
|Tarner Island||Inner Hebrides|
|Urie Lingey||Shetland Islands|
|Uyea, Northmavine||Shetland Islands|
Small archipelagos 
There are various small archipelagos which may be better known than the larger islands they contain. These include:
|Name||Island Group / Location|
|Burnt Islands||Firth of Clyde|
|Flannan Isles||Lewis and Harris|
|Islands of Fleet||Solway Firth (Wigtown Bay)|
|Garvellachs||Firth of Lorn|
|Rabbit Islands (Eileanan nan Gall)||Highland (N Sutherland)|
|Shiant Isles||Lewis and Harris|
|Slate Islands||Firth of Lorn|
|St Kilda||Lewis and Harris|
|Summer Isles||Inner Hebrides|
Highest islands 
Scotland's islands include thirteen Munros (mountains with a height over 3,000 feet or 914.4 metres), twelve of them found on Skye, and a total of 227 Marilyns (hills with a relative height of at least 150 metres, regardless of absolute height). The following list is of all islands with a highest elevation greater than 300 metres (980 ft).
|Rank||Island||Mountain||Height (ft)||Height (m)|
|5||Lewis and Harris||Clisham||2,621||799|
|6||Jura||Beinn an Òir||2,575||785|
|7||South Uist||Beinn Mhòr||2,034||620|
|10||Shetland Mainland||Ronas Hill||1,476||450|
|16||Scalpay, Inner Hebrides||Mullach na Càrn||1,286||392|
|17||Boreray, St Kilda||Mullach an Eilein||1,259||384|
|19||Soay, St Kilda||Cnoc Glas||1,240||378|
|21||Ailsa Craig||The Cairn||1,108||338|
|22||Holy Isle||Mullach Mòr||1,030||314|
Former islands 
The following is a list of places which were formerly islands, but which are no longer so due to silting up, harbour building etc.
- Scalp na Caoraich, Cridhe An Uisge, Rònach and 'Scalp Phàdraig Mhòir - four small islands at the delta of the River Ness in Inverness which were removed in the 19th century.
- Broch of Clickimin is a former island in Loch of Clickimin, Lerwick, in Shetland. Originally an offshore island, the loch became cut off from the sea around 200 BC and the island is now connected to dry land by a permanent causeway.
- Bunglan was once a separate island, but is now connected to Samphrey by two tombolos.
- Eilean-a-beithich was once one of the Slate Islands and located in Easdale Sound. However, it was quarried to a depth of 76 metres (249 ft) below sea level leaving only the outer rim of the island. This was eventually breached by the sea and little visible sign of the island now remains.
- Eilean Chaluim Chille is a former island near Kilmuir on Skye in a now drained loch that was associated with the 13th century Hebridean lord Páll, son of Bálki.
- Inchbroach, also known as Rossie Island, is now part of Montrose harbour.
- Inch of Culter is a former island in the River Dee near Maryculter.
- Innis Bheag or Paterson Island near Portmahomack in Easter Ross is now permanently attached to the Morrich More due to shifting sands.
- Keith Inch (not to be confused with Inchkeith), is now part of Peterhead Harbour, and is the easternmost point of mainland Scotland.
- King's Inch, on which stood Renfrew Castle.
- North Inch, one of the "Inches" in Perth, formerly an island in the River Tay.
- Rosyth Castle also stands on what was once a tidal island in the Firth of Forth, now surrounded by reclaimed land.
- Preston Island, an artificial construction south of Low Valleyfield, has now been fully reclaimed, using ash slurry from Longannet power station.
- Viking Bergen Island, a sunken island of the early Holocene.
- Whiteinch, now an area of Glasgow.
Bridged islands 
Many of Scotland's islands are connected to the mainland and/or other islands by bridge or causeway. Although some people consider them no longer to be islands, they are generally treated as such.
Many of the islands of the southern Outer Hebrides have been joined to other islands by causeways and bridges. These include:
- North Uist
- South Uist
- Vatersay, which joined to Barra, but not to the above islands.
- The Isle of Skye is connected to the mainland by the Skye Bridge which now incorporates Eilean Bàn.
- Eilean Donan by causeway to the mainland
- Eriska by causeway to the mainland
- Seil (to mainland) via Telford's 1792 "Bridge over The Atlantic".
- Danna by causeway to the mainland
Hunda is in turn connected to Burray via a causeway.
An undersea tunnel between the archipelago and Caithness, at a length of about 9–10 miles (14–16 km) and a tunnel connecting Orkney Mainland to Shapinsay have been discussed, although little has come of it.
Several Shetland islands are joined to the Shetland Mainland:
- West Burra and East Burra (via Trondra)
- Muckle Roe
- Broch of Clickimin is a freshwater islet joined to the mainland by a stone causeway.
Various other islands are also connected by bridges or causeways, to the mainland or other islands, including:
- Inchgarvie (part of Forth Bridge), thus joined to both Fife and Lothian on the Mainland.
- Garbh Eilean at the entrance to Loch Glencoul is now joined to the mainland by both the Kylesku Bridge to the south and its associated roadworks to the north.
- Innis Chonan, an inhabited island in Loch Awe is connected to the mainland by a small road bridge.
Tidal islands and tombolos 
There are a large number of small tidal islets in Scotland. The more notable ones include:
- Calve Island
- Castle Island
- Corn Holm
- Cramond Island
- Davaar Island
- Eilean Mhic Chrion
- Eilean Shona
- Helliar Holm
- Kili Holm
- Isle Ristol
The three main islands of the Monach Islands (Heisgeir), Ceann Iar, Ceann Ear and Shivinish are connected at low tides. It is said that at one time it was also possible to walk all the way to Baleshare, and on to North Uist, five miles away at low tide. In the 16th century, a large tidal wave was said to have washed the route away.
St Ninian's Isle is connected to Mainland Shetland by a tombolo. Although greater than 40 hectares in size it fails to meet the definition of an island used in this list as it is only surrounded by water during occasional spring tides and storms.
Complex islands 
There are a number of offshore islands that defy easy classification.
- Ceallasaigh Mòr and Ceallasaigh Beag are islands in Loch Maddy, North Uist which are both c. 50 hectares (120 acres) in extent at high tide. At low tide they are connected to one another and several other small tidal islets in the shallow lagoon that surrounds them.
- Eileanan Iasgaich in Loch Boisdale, South Uist comprises five small islands and several other islets at high tide but forms a single large one of 50 hectares (120 acres) at low tide.
- Eileanan Chearabhaigh. At low tide these islands form a peninsula with a total area of 100 hectares (250 acres), which is connected to Benbecula by drying sands. At high tide the connection to Benbecula is lost and a number of small islets stretching for over 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from east to west appear, the largest of which is about 31 hectares (77 acres) in extent.
- The Crowlin Islands, located in the Inner Sound off Raasay are three separate islands at high tide and a single one of 270 hectares (670 acres) at low tide.
- Similarly, Lunga in the Firth of Lorn is six or more separate islets at high tide but a single one of 254 hectares (630 acres) at low tide.
Castle islands 
There are several small Scottish islands that are dominated by a castle or other fortification. The castle is often better known than the island, and the islands themselves are often tidal or bridged. Due to their picturesque nature some of them are well-known from postcards and films. Examples include:
- Bass Rock
- Broch of West Burrafirth
- Castle Island
- Castle Stalker
- Castle Tioram
- Eilean Aigas (F)
- Eilean Dearg, Loch Riddon
- Eilean Donan
- Inchtalla (F)
- Inveruglas Isle (F)
- Kilchurn Castle (F)
- Kisimul Castle
- Lochindorb Castle (F)
- Loch Leven Castle (F)
- Threave Castle (F)
Holy islands 
A huge number of the islands of Scotland have some kind of culdee/church connection, and/or are dominated by a church. The more notable include:
- Davaar Island
- Holy Isle
- Inch Kenneth
- Inchmahome (F)
- Isle Maree
- North Rona
- Papa Stronsay (current Transalpine Redemptorist monastery. Islands called "Papa" or "Pabbay" tend to be former saints' islands)
- St Ninian's Isle
- St Serf's Inch (F)
- Tiree ("land of Iona")
Brother Isle's name is not ecclesiastical in origin as is sometimes stated.
Islands named after people 
This is a list of islands, which are known to be named after someone. In some cases such as North Ronaldsay this status may not be obvious (it isn't named after a "Ronald", unlike South Ronaldsay). This list omits names such as Hildasay, where the person in question is mythological, or Ailsa Craig, where the individual in question is not known, and also Colonsay & Egilsay where the derivation is disputed.
- Eilean Chaluim Chille - Saint Columba
- Island Davaar - Saint Barr
- Eilean Donan - Saint Donan
- Flannan Isles - Saint Flannan
- Frank Lockwood's Island (south of Lochbuie, Mull)
- Inchcolm - Saint Columba
- Inch Kenneth - Saint Kenneth
- Inchmarnock - Saint Mearnag
- Inchmahome (F) - Saint Colmag
- Inchmurrin (F) - Saint Meadhran/Mirin
- Innis Chonan (F) - Saint Conan
- Isle Maree (F) - Maelrubha
- Isle Martin - Saint Martin
- North Rona - Saint Ronan
- St Serf's Inch (F) - Saint Serf
- Sweyn Holm – Sweyn Asleifsson
- Taransay - Saint Taran
Places called "island" etc. that are not islands 
Some places in Scotland with names including "isle" or "island" are not islands. They include:
|Name||Island group / location|
|Black Isle (An t-Eilean Dubh)||Ross and Cromarty|
|Isle of Harris (Na Hearadh)||Outer Hebrides|
|Isle of Lewis (Eilean Leòdhais)||Outer Hebrides|
|Isleornsay (Eilean Iarmain)||Skye|
|Islesteps (south of Dumfries)||Dumfries and Galloway|
|Isle of Whithorn||Dumfries and Galloway|
Lewis and Harris are separated by a range of hills but form one island, and are sometimes referred to as "Lewis and Harris". Isle of Whithorn and the Black Isle are peninsulas, and Isleornsay is a village which looks out onto the island of Ornsay. There is no commonly accepted derivation for "Burntisland" which had numerous other forms in the past, such as "Brintilun" and "Ye Brint Eland".
Other elements 
Eilean is Gaelic for "island". However, Inistrynich, Eilean na Maodail, Eilean Dubh and Liever Island are all promontories on Loch Awe as opposed to islands, despite their names. Likewise Eilean Aoidhe on Loch Fyne. The Black Isle is also An t-Eilean Dubh in Gaelic, while Eilean Glas is part of Scalpay.
"-holm" is also common as a suffix in various landlocked placenames, especially in the far south of mainland Scotland e.g. Langholm, Kirk Yetholm, Holmhead (by Cumnock), Holmhill (next to Thornhill, Nithsdale). Some of these were river islands in their time, or dry land surrounded by marsh. "Holm" can be found in an element in Holmsgarth, now a suburb of Lerwick and the Parish of Holm on Mainland Shetland and Mainland Orkney respectively. Neither of these is an island in its own right.
Islands named after mainland areas 
Likewise, occasionally an island may be named after a location on the nearby mainland, or a major neighbouring island - or vice versa. Examples of this include: Vementry, which was originally the name of an island, but whose name has been transferred to a nearby farm on Mainland Shetland; Oldany Island, whose name has been transferred to Oldany; Cramond Island which is named after neighbouring Cramond (a district of Edinburgh); and Eilean Mhealasta in the Outer Hebrides, which is named after Mealista on Lewis.
Crannógs are prehistoric artificial islands created in lochs. There are several hundred sites in Scotland. Today, crannógs typically appear as small, circular islands, between 10–30 metres (30–90 feet) in diameter. Scottish examples include:
- Breachacha on Coll
- Cherry Island in Loch Ness
- Dùn Anlaimh on Coll
- Eilean Dòmhnuill on North Uist
- Keppinch (or The Kitchen) in Loch Lomond
See also 
- Scottish island names
- Geography of Scotland
- List of Orkney islands
- List of Outer Hebrides
- List of Shetland islands
- List of Marilyns on Scottish islands
- List of lochs on Scottish islands
- British Isles
- List of the British Isles by area
- Infobox Scottish island
- Template:Islands of the Forth
- Category:Scottish Island set index articles
References and footnotes 
- General references
- Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.
- General Register Office for Scotland (28 November 2003) Occasional Paper No 10: Statistics for Inhabited Islands. Retrieved 9 July 2007.
- Various other definitions are used. For example the General Register Office for Scotland define an island as "a mass of land surrounded by water, separate from the Scottish mainland" but although they include islands linked by bridges etc. this is not clear from this definition. Haswell-Smith (2004) uses "an Island is a piece of land or group of pieces of land which is entirely surrounded by water at Lowest Astronomical Tide and to which there is no permanent means of dry access". This is widely agreed to be unhelpful as it excludes bridged islands. However, the large numbers of small tidal islets essentially defy categorisation.
- The 2001 Census lists 96 inhabited islands but the evidence of maps, sources and photographs makes it clear that in addition South Walls, Eriska and Fraoch-eilean are inhabited. These three are tidal islands, although other similar islands are listed.
- The 2001 Census also lists three in North Ayrshire and one each in Fife, Perth and Kinross, Stirling and West Dunbartonshire. The last three named plus two islands in Argyll and Bute are freshwater rather than offshore.
- Specific references
- Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.
- The Corryvreckan is regularly cited as the third largest whirlpool of the world - see for example "Corryvreckan Whirlpool " Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 19 September 2009. Some sources suggest it is the second largest after the Moskstraumen.
- McKirdy, Alan Gordon, John & Crofts, Roger (2007) Land of Mountain and Flood: The Geology and Landforms of Scotland. Edinburgh. Birlinn.
- General Register Office for Scotland (28 November 2003). Occasional Paper No 10: Statistics for Inhabited Islands. Archived from the original on 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2007-07-25.
- Ross, John (5 October 2007). "Isolated Communities Where Violent Crime Comes as a Shock". The Scotsman (Edinburgh).
- "On This Day: 21 September". BBC. 21 September 1955. Retrieved 2007-08-01.
- "House of Lords Hansard". 24 June 1997. Retrieved 2007-08-01.
- Oral Questions to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Dáil Éireann. 1 November 1973. Retrieved 2007-01-17.
- MacDonald, Fraser (2006). "The last outpost of Empire: Rockall and the Cold War". Journal of Historical Geography 32 (3): 627–647. doi:10.1016/j.jhg.2005.10.009.
- Haswell-Smith (2004), save as otherwise stated or those indicated with an asterisk, which are estimates based on Ordnance Survey maps and General Register Office for Scotland statistics.
- Ordnance Survey maps. Note that the maps mark the height above sea level of a high point on most islands, but in a small number of cases, this may not be the highest peak.
- United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre
- Rick Livingstone’s Tables of the Islands of Scotland (pdf) Argyll Yacht Charters. Retrieved 12 Dec 2011.
- This island is at (grid reference NF860580) and the evidence of both Ordnance Survey maps and photographs (e.g. "Houses on Seana Bhaile" Geograph. Retrieved 10 August 2009) indicates a resident population. There is even a name, "Seana Bhaile" for the main settlement. However, neither the census nor the main reference work (Haswell-Smith 2004) refer to the island at all. Its small population is presumably included in nearby Grimsay (which has a population of over 800) by the census.
- The 2001 Census does not list South Walls as an island, but includes the total in Hoy. The record for Hoy in this table excludes the estimated total for South Walls. The combined population is listed as 392.
- "Loch Lomond Islands - Inchmurrin". Loch Lomond.net. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- Dow, Jim (2005) Islands Galore. A Scottish Islands Handbook. Edinburgh. Black & White Publishing.
- D.A. Bearhop (1997). Munro's Tables. Scottish Mountaineering Club & Trust. ISBN 0-907521-53-3.
- "Slate Islands - The Islands that Roofed the World" southernhebrides.com. Retrieved 14 November 2009.
- "Local Names" Culter.net. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
- Hansom, JD and Black, SDL (1996) "The Geomorphology of Morrich More: Management Prescription Review" (pdf) SNH. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
- "Preston Island". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
- David Lister (September 5, 2005). "Islanders see a brighter future with tunnel vision". The Times (London). Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- John Ross (10 Match 2005). "£100m tunnel to Orkney 'feasible'". The Scotsman newspaper. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- Clickimin Broch Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
- Pàrlamaid na h-Alba placenames Retrieved 16 July 2007.
- Fettes College Shetland Landscapes Retrieved 3 August 2007. Archived July 18, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- Burntisland Online Retrieved 22 June 2007.
- "What is a crannog?" Scottish Crannog Centre. Retrieved 26 December 2008.