Shuna, Loch Linnhe
|OS grid reference||NM916490|
|Meaning of name||Probably "sea island" from Norse|
|Area and summit|
|Area||155 ha (383 acres)|
|Highest elevation||Tom an t-Seallaidh 71 m (233 ft)|
|Island group||Loch Linnhe|
|Local Authority||Argyll and Bute|
Shuna Island is an island in Loch Linnhe, offshore from Appin. The island is approximately 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) long and 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) wide and extends to some 155 ha (383 acres) in total. The island is characterised by a table topped hill at its southern end. The name Shuna is probably derived from the Norse, for "sea island".
Shuna is recorded in a late 16th century document as belonging to John Stewart, the Laird of Appin. He may have built Castle Shuna a small tower-house, which is now in ruins lies at the south end In the 18th century, Shuna Farmhouse replaced Castle Shuna as the residence on the island: it is a Category B listed traditional farmhouse dating from the 1740s. Opposite Castle Shuna, at the head of Loch Laich, is the island fortress of Castle Stalker, also historically a possession of the Stewarts of Appin.
- Mac an Tàilleir p. 105
- Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands >20ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
- General Register Office for Scotland (28 November 2003) Scotland's Census 2001 – Occasional Paper No 10: Statistics for Inhabited Islands. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
- Ordnance Survey. Get-a-map (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure. http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/getamap/. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
- Haswell-Smith (2004) pp. 117-18
- "Overview of Shuna". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2007-12-12.
- "Castle Shuna". Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 2007-12-12.
- "Shuna Farmhouse". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 11 Sept 2012.
- "National Scenic Areas". SNH. Retrieved 30 Mar 2011.
- Welsh, Susan (5 June 2012) "Buy a piece of paradise". Glasgow. The Herald.
- Mac an Tàilleir, Iain (2003) Ainmean-àite/Placenames. (pdf) Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
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