Grimsay (South East Benbecula)

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Gaelic nameGriomasaigh
Norse nameGrímsey
Meaning of name"Grim's island", from Norse
Grimsay is located in Outer Hebrides
Grimsay shown within the Outer Hebrides
OS grid referenceNF831473
Coordinates57°25′N 7°17′W / 57.41°N 7.28°W / 57.41; -7.28
Physical geography
Island groupUist and Barra
Area117 ha (0.45 sq mi)[1]
Area rank142 [2]
Highest elevation20 m (66 ft)
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaNa h-Eileanan Siar
Population rank65 [2]
Population density17 people/km2[1][3]
An unusual abandoned building on Grimsay

Grimsay, south east of Benbecula is a tidal island of the Outer Hebrides. It is connected to Benbecula by a causeway which carries the B891. In the 2001 census, Grimsay had a population of 19[1] and 20 in 2011.[3]

An extension to the B891 now connects Grimsay to Eilean na Cille to the south east via a causeway. The road was built at a cost of £1,800 to service the pier at Peter's Port, which was constructed in 1896 at cost of £2,000 - although the anchorage is awkward and should not be used without local knowledge.[6]

Eilean na Cille, Triallabreac and Wiay east of Grimsay from the air, with Peter's Port at right


  1. ^ a b c Fleming, Alan D (28 Nov 2003). "Occasional Paper No 10: Statistics for Inhabited Islands". General Register Office for Scotland. Archived from the original on 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2007-08-02.
  2. ^ a b 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.
  3. ^ a b c 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.
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey. OS Maps Online (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure.
  5. ^ Mac an Tàilleir, Iain (2003) Ainmean-àite/Placenames. (pdf) Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  6. ^ Haswell-Smith (2004) pp. 243, 250


Coordinates: 57°24.3′N 7°16.6′W / 57.4050°N 7.2767°W / 57.4050; -7.2767