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Gaelic name Ceileagraigh
Norse name kjallard-øy
Meaning of name Old Norse: graveyard island
Killegray is located in Outer Hebrides
Killegray shown within the Outer Hebrides
OS grid reference NF976836
Physical geography
Island group Outer Hebrides
Area 176 hectares (0.7 sq mi)
Area rank 117 [1]
Highest elevation 45 metres (148 ft)
Political geography
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Population 0
References [2][3][4]

Killegray is an island in the Sound of Harris in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.


Killegray from Ensay

Situated in the Sound of Harris, a channel of water between North Uist and the Isle of Harris, Killegray is approximately 1 12 miles long.

The south end of the island is nearly all deep uncultivated moss. There is better cultivated land at the north.[5]


Rubha Claidhe in the north is the site of a ruined chapel, Teampull na h-Annait, which may be the origin of the island's name.[4]

Currently uninhabited, the island was occupied by a family of around three to five people from 1861 to 1931. Two people were temporarily living on the island when the 1971 census was taken.

The 19th-century Killegray House, the only house on the island was renovated as holiday accommodation in 1991.[5]


The shallow waters and reefs are a rich breeding ground for velvet crabs and lobsters.[4]

Possible development[edit]

Jacobs Babtie has investigated building a combination of bridges and causeways across the Sound of Harris.[6] Wind turbines and tidal generators could be incorporated in the scheme from Berneray via Killegray and Ensay to Harris.[7] The estimated cost of £75 million could rise to £145 million with the renewable energy devices.


  1. ^ Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands >20ha 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. Ordinance Survey. Retrieved 21 August 2013. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b c Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  5. ^ a b "Historical perspective for Killegray". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  6. ^ John Ross (19 August 2006). "Eco-power plan to boost islands link". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  7. ^ "Feasibility of Renewable Energy to fund Western Isles link" (pdf). Metoc. 30 November 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-10. [dead link]

Coordinates: 57°44.4′N 7°4.9′W / 57.7400°N 7.0817°W / 57.7400; -7.0817