Eilean Bàn

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Eilean Bàn
Gaelic nameEilean Bàn
Pronunciation[ˈelan ˈpaːn] (About this soundlisten)
Meaning of nameWhite Island
Eilean Bàn from the Skye Bridge, looking towards Kyle of Lochalsh
Eilean Bàn from the Skye Bridge, looking towards Kyle of Lochalsh
Eilean Bàn is located in Isle of Skye
Eilean Bàn
Eilean Bàn
Eilean Bàn shown within Scotland
OS grid referenceNG746271
Coordinates57°17′N 5°44′W / 57.28°N 5.74°W / 57.28; -5.74
Physical geography
Island groupSkye
Area2.4 ha (5.9 acres)
Highest elevation m
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaHighland
Eilean Bàn Lighthouse
View from Skye bridge, Scotland (5892791021).jpg
View of the lighthouse from Skye bridge
LocationEilean Bàn
United Kingdom
Coordinates57°16′40″N 5°44′33″W / 57.277745°N 5.742434°W / 57.277745; -5.742434
Year first constructed1857
maintened as daybeacon
Constructionmasonry tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Tower height21 metres (69 ft)
ARLHS numberSCO-115
Managing agentEilean Bàn Trust[4]

Eilean Bàn (Scottish Gaelic meaning White Island) is a six acre island[5] off the coast of mainland Scotland, between Kyle of Lochalsh and the Isle of Skye, in Highland. The island supports part of the Skye Bridge, which crosses the mouth of Loch Alsh from the mainland to Skye.

Eilean Bàn was home to John Lister-Kaye, who wrote his book The White Island[6] about his time there, working for Gavin Maxwell.

In 2001 the island had a population of two as recorded by the census[7] but in 2011 there were no "usual residents" living there.[8]

Kyleakin Lighthouse[edit]

Kyleakin Lighthouse is situated at the south-western end of Eilean Bàn. It was built by David and Thomas Stevenson in 1857, and is linked to a pair of keepers' houses. The lighthouse was automated and converted to use acetylene gas in 1960. Following the start of construction of the Skye Bridge, the lighthouse was decommissioned in 1993. It is a Category B listed building.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey
  3. ^ Mac an Tàilleir, Iain (2003) Ainmean-àite/Placenames. (pdf) Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  4. ^ Eilean Bàn (Kyleakin) The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 24 May 2016
  5. ^ "The Eilean Bàn Trust". Retrieved 13 April 2008.
  6. ^ Lister-Kaye, John (1972). The White Island. Longman. ISBN 0-582-10903-5.
  7. ^ General Register Office for Scotland (28 November 2003) Scotland's Census 2001 – Occasional Paper No 10: Statistics for Inhabited Islands. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Eilean Ban, Kyleakin Lighthouse". Listed Building Report. Historic Scotland. Retrieved 19 May 2012.

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Coordinates: 57°16′46″N 5°44′21″W / 57.27944°N 5.73917°W / 57.27944; -5.73917