Insh, Slate Islands

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Insh Island
Gaelic name Innis
Meaning of name island
Insh Island is located in Argyll and Bute
Insh Island
Insh Island
Insh shown within Argyll and Bute
OS grid reference NM729192
Coordinates 56°18′40″N 5°40′21″W / 56.311109°N 5.672493°W / 56.311109; -5.672493
Physical geography
Island group Slate Islands
Area 33 hectares (82 acres)[1]
Highest elevation 69 m
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Argyll and Bute
Population 0
References [2][3]

Insh (Scottish Gaelic: innis: island) is an uninhabited island west of the island of Seil in the Firth of Lorn, Scotland.

Insh Island

One of the Slate Islands, Insh Island lies a mile (1.5 km) northeast of Ellenabeich in Seil.[4] It is separated from it by the Sound of Insh. The island rises to 69m (226 feet) and is 36 ha in area. The private owner, David Brearley lived in a cave at the north end between 1973 and 2003.[2]

The Northern sea fan (Swiftia pallida) is found in the waters off Insh Island.[5]


  1. ^ Rick Livingstone’s Tables of the Islands of Scotland (pdf) Argyll Yacht Charters. Retrieved 12 Dec 2011.
  2. ^ a b Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey. Get-a-map (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure. Retrieved 21 August 2013. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Insh Island". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 14 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "The Insh Island Sea Fans" (PDF). Northern Sea Fan Project. Retrieved 13 November 2009. 

Coordinates: 56°18′40″N 5°40′21″W / 56.31111°N 5.67250°W / 56.31111; -5.67250