Eilean Fladday

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For other places with the same name, see Flodday.

Eilean Fladday (also Fladda) is a previously populated, tidal island off Raasay, near Skye, Scotland.

Caol Fladda looking towards Eilean Fladday

Geography[edit]

Eilean Fladday lies off the north west coast of Raasay, across Caol Fladday (Kyle Fladda), which dries at half-tide.[1]

Once a thriving crofting community, the island now only has three cottages, used as holiday lets. The population is recorded as 29 (1841), 51 (1891), 12 (1951) and 12 (1971).[2] Five families lived there in the late 1920s. Their petition to Inverness County Council to build a road and footbridge was rejected.[2] A subsequent appeal to the Education Department to provide a school, was successful only after a rate strike.[2] Raasay crofter, Calum MacLeod (who later built "Calum's Road") constructed a track from Torran to Fladda between 1949 and 1952. This did not stem the exodus from the island and the last families left Fladda in 1965.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historical Perspective of Raasay". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d Hutchinson, Roger (2006). Calum's Road. Birlinn. ISBN 1-84158-677-3. 

Coordinates: 57°29′9″N 6°1′40″W / 57.48583°N 6.02778°W / 57.48583; -6.02778