Nave Island

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Nave Island
Nave Island.jpg
Nave Island is located in Argyll and Bute
Nave Island
Nave Island
Nave Island shown within Argyll and Bute
OS grid reference NR292759
Area and summit
Area 40 hectares (0.15 sq mi)[1]
Area rank 219=[2]
Highest elevation 34 metres (112 ft)
Population 0
Island group Islay
Local Authority Argyll and Bute
Flag of Scotland.svg Lymphad3.svg
References [3]
Not to be confused with Neave Island off the north of Sutherland.

Nave Island is to the north of Islay at the mouth of Loch Gruinart in the Inner Hebrides.[4] It is uninhabited.

The highest point on Nave Island is 34 metres (112 ft) above sea level.[3]


As its name implies, the island has an ecclesiastical connection, probably dating back to the time of the Culdees. In 1549, Dean Monro wrote: "on the north coist of Ila, beside the entresse of Lochgrunord, layes ane iyle, called by the Erish Ellan-nese, with ane kirke in it. This iyle is half ane myle in lenthe, fair maynland, inhabit and manurit, guid for fishing."[5] Johan Blaeu's Atlas of 1654 refers to the island as "Ylen Naomh".[6]


  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. ^ a b Ordnance Survey. Get-a-map (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Nave Island". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  5. ^ Monro (1549) "Nese" no. 80
  6. ^ "Ila Insula". Blaeu's Atlas of Scotland. Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved 2 June 2012.


Coordinates: 55°54′N 6°20′W / 55.900°N 6.333°W / 55.900; -6.333