Eilean Horrisdale

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Eilean Horrisdale
Gaelic name Eilean Thòiriosdal
Norse name Eilean Horrisdale
Meaning of name Thor's Dale
Eilean Horrisdale is located in Highland
Eilean Horrisdale
Eilean Horrisdale
En Horrisdale shown within Highland Scotland
OS grid reference NG786744
Coordinates 57°42′18″N 5°43′01″W / 57.705°N 5.717°W / 57.705; -5.717
Physical geography
Island group Wester Ross
Area 32 ha
Highest elevation 38 metres (125 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Highland
Population 0
References [1][2]

Eilean Horrisdale is an uninhabited island in Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, Scotland.


Eilean Horrisdale is the largest island in Loch Gairloch.[1] In front is the smaller, Eilean Tioram (dry island), which is connected to the mainland by a causeway.

Eilean Horrisdale shelters the small harbour of Badachro.[1] In 1841, it supported a fishing community of 27 people in four houses and 31 in five houses by the end of the 19th century.[1] There were two curing stations - one on Eilean Horrisdale and one on Eilean Tioram.[3] Today there are five houses on the island which are generally used as holiday homes. In 2011 the island was classified by the National Records of Scotland as an inhabited island that "had no usual residents at the time of either the 2001 or 2011 censuses."[4]

The name comes from Thor, the Norse God of Thunder.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. p. 185. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey. Get-a-map (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure. Retrieved 21 August 2013. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Badachro". Am Baile. Retrieved 15 November 2009. 
  4. ^ 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.

Coordinates: 57°42′19″N 5°43′1″W / 57.70528°N 5.71694°W / 57.70528; -5.71694