Eilean Tigh

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Eilean Tigh
Gaelic name Eilean Taighe
Meaning of name house island
Eilean Tigh is located in Isle of Skye
Eilean Tigh
Eilean Tigh
Eilean Tigh shown within Scotland
OS grid reference NG603538
Coordinates 57°30′40″N 6°00′11″W / 57.511°N 6.003°W / 57.511; -6.003
Physical geography
Island group Skye
Area 54 ha[1]
Area rank 195 [3]
Highest elevation Meall Mòr 111 m[2]
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Highland

Eilean Tigh (Scottish Gaelic: Eilean Taighe) is a tidal island in the Sound of Raasay of Scotland, that lies between Rona and Raasay.

Approximately 54 hectares (130 acres) in extent, the island was once settled and the ruins of various structures are still visible at the south end.[2] "Eilean Tigh" is a Gaelic name that means "house island" or "home island".

Eilean Tigh from Raasay

It is a rugged island and the coastline is largely cliff-lined and rocky. Eilean Tigh is connected to the northern tip of neighbouring Raasay at low tides by a rocky ledge that crosses Caol Eilean Tigh.[4] Rona lies about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) away across the straits of Caol Rona at the centre of which is tiny Eilean an Fhraoich (English: heather island). On the Rona side are Garbh Eilean (rough island) and Eilean Seamraig. Eilean Fladday is 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) to the south and Skye is some 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) to the west across the Sound.

There are good anchorages nearby off Eilean Fladday and Rona, but the nearest road stops at Arnish on Raasay, from where it is about a two-hour walk to Eilean Tigh.[4] The north western tip of the island is Rubha na Cloich' Uaine - the point of the green stone.


  1. ^ Rick Livingstone’s Tables of the Islands of Scotland (pdf) Argyll Yacht Charters. Retrieved 12 Dec 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Get-a-Map". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 9 December 2009.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. p. 166. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.

Coordinates: 57°30′40″N 6°0′10″W / 57.51111°N 6.00278°W / 57.51111; -6.00278