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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
Coordinates 57°44′N 7°05′W / 57.74°N 7.08°W / 57.74; -7.08
Physical geography
Island group Outer Hebrides
Area 176 hectares (0.7 sq mi)
Area rank 117 [1]
Highest elevation 45 metres (148 ft)
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 over 20 ha 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. 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