Fladda, Treshnish Isles

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Norse name Flat-ey
Meaning of name "flat island"
Fladda is located in Argyll and Bute
Fladda shown within Argyll and Bute
OS grid reference NM298438
Coordinates 56°31′N 6°23′W / 56.51°N 6.39°W / 56.51; -6.39
Physical geography
Island group Treshnish Isles
Area 26 ha[1]
Highest elevation 26 m
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Argyll and Bute
Population 0
References [2][3][4][5]

Fladda is the northernmost of the Treshnish Isles. Its name comes from the Old Norse Flat-ey meaning "flat island".


Fladda's archaeology is recorded by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. It refers to a building and mounds which may be the site of an early Christian chapel and burial ground.[6] It notes the similarity to finds on Colonsay.

In Literature[edit]

Fladda is mentioned in Frank Fraser Darling's book Island Years. He lived on the neighbouring island of Lunga with his wife and son while carrying out research. Darling notes that Fladda was the site of the summer home of the Robertsons, who at that time had been fishing lobsters around the Treshnish Isles for three generations.[7]


  1. ^ Rick Livingstone’s Tables of the Islands of Scotland (pdf) Argyll Yacht Charters. Retrieved 12 Dec 2011.
  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. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 1-84195-454-3. 
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey. Get-a-map (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure. Retrieved 21 August 2013. [dead link]
  5. ^ Mac an Tàilleir, Iain (2003) Ainmean-àite/Placenames. (pdf) Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Site Record for Treshnish Islands". CANMORE. Retrieved 12/08/2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ Darling, Frank Fraser (1940). Island Years. G. Bell & Sons. 

Coordinates: 56°30′30″N 6°23′35″W / 56.50833°N 6.39306°W / 56.50833; -6.39306