Eilean Mòr, Crowlin Islands

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Eilean Mòr
Gaelic name Eilean Mòr
Meaning of name big island
Eilean Mòr is located in Isle of Skye
Eilean Mòr
Eilean Mòr
Eilean Mòr shown relative to Skye
OS grid reference NG695343
Coordinates 57°20′N 5°50′W / 57.34°N 05.83°W / 57.34; -05.83
Physical geography
Island group Skye
Area 170 hectares (0.66 sq mi)
Area rank 118 [1]
Highest elevation Meall a' Chòis 114 m (374 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Highland
Population 0
References [2][3][4]

Eilean Mòr is the largest of the Crowlin Islands in the Inner Sound off the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

A ruined cottage on Eilean Mòr

Eilean Mòr is situated at the mouth of Loch Carron, off the south coast of Applecross in Wester Ross. It is connected to the adjacent Eilean Meadhonach at low tide.

Excavations on Eilean Mòr have shown evidence of human settlement in Mesolithic times 8,000 years ago. Ruined cottages can be seen in the north-east corner, near Camas na h-Annait (Scottish Gaelic: church bay).[4] In the middle of the nineteenth century tenants were cleared from Applecross to make way for sheep. A group of families unwilling to take passage from Scotland to far-off lands were settled on Crowlin Mòr (Eilean Mòr), to make what living they could by fishing and farming.[5] From about 1810 to 1920 Eilean Mòr was home to several families. In the course of time, the families slipped back to Applecross and the island has been uninhabited since about 1920.


  1. ^ Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands over 20 ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey. Get-a-map (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure. Retrieved 21 August 2013. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  5. ^ "Crowlin Press". Crowlin Press. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 

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Coordinates: 57°20′30″N 5°49′49″W / 57.34167°N 5.83028°W / 57.34167; -5.83028