- There is also a Seaforth Island in the Whitsunday Islands of Queensland, Australia
Loch Seaforth and Eilean Shìophoirt from the north with Clisham beyond
|OS grid reference||NB207111|
|Gaelic name||Eilean Shìophoirt or Mulag|
|Meaning of name||Norse for 'craggy ridge between fjords'; Gaelic for "island of Seaforth"|
|Area and summit|
|Area||273 hectares (1.05 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||217 metres (712 ft)|
|Island group||Outer Hebrides|
|Local Authority||Outer Hebrides|
|Elevation||217 m (712 ft)|
|Prominence||217 m (712 ft)|
|Location||Loch Seaforth between Harris and Lewis, Scotland|
|Topo map||OS Landrangers 13, 14|
Seaforth Island (Scottish Gaelic: Eilean Shìphoirt/Shìophoirt or Mulag) is an uninhabited island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Unlike many other islands of the Outer Hebrides which are mainly surrounded by open sea, Seaforth Island lies in a narrow fjord-like sea loch named Loch Seaforth, 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from the open waters of the Minch. There are two different Gaelic names, for the island. Mulag is from the Old Norse name Múli, which describes its geographical location, and the other is after the family of Francis Mackenzie, 1st Baron Seaforth, who inherited the island in 1783.
The island has poor soil which only supports rough grazing.
There are no census records indicating inhabitation in the recent past, although the loch area was the subject of border disputes in the 19th century. In 1851 these were resolved by the unusual decision to allocate the whole of Seaforth Island to both counties, Ross and Cromarty and Inverness-shire, which at the time controlled Lewis and Harris respectively. This situation continued until the 1975 county reorganisation.
The Island from Lewis and Harris
- Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands >20ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
- National Records of Scotland (15 August 2013) (pdf) Statistical Bulletin: 2011 Census: First Results on Population and Household Estimates for Scotland - Release 1C (Part Two). "Appendix 2: Population and households on Scotland’s inhabited islands". Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- Ordnance Survey. Get-a-map (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure. http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/getamap/. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
- Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. pp. 283–84. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.