Longa Island

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Longa Island
Scottish Gaelic nameLonga
Old Norse namePossibly Long-øy
Meaning of nameGaelic, 'long' Old Norse 'ship Island'
Longa Island is located in Highland
Longa Island
Longa Island
Longa Island shown within Highland Scotland
OS grid referenceNG736776
Coordinates57°43′N 5°48′W / 57.72°N 5.8°W / 57.72; -5.8
Physical geography
Island groupHighland
Area126 ha (12 sq mi)
Area rank132 [1]
Highest elevationDruim am Eilean 70 m (230 ft)
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaHighland Council

Longa Island (Gaelic: Longa) is a small uninhabited island at the mouth of Loch Gairloch, on the west coast of Scotland. Longa is nearly one mile (1.5 kilometres) in length with an area of 126 hectares (310 acres) and a maximum elevation of 70 metres (230 ft) above sea level.


The island is mainly sandstone covered with grass and heather.[4]


In the early nineteenth century, there was a small fishing community, but by the late nineteenth century, the island had become deserted. Today only sheep graze the island in the summer months.

Notes and references[edit]

  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). "Appendix 2: Population and households on Scotland's Inhabited Islands" (PDF). Statistical Bulletin: 2011 Census: First Results on Population and Household Estimates for Scotland Release 1C (Part Two) (PDF) (Report). SG/2013/126. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 19 Gairloch & Ullapool (Loch Maree) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2013. ISBN 9780319231074.
  4. ^ a b Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.
  5. ^ Mac an Tàilleir, Iain (2003) Ainmean-àite/Placenames. (pdf) Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. Retrieved 26 August 2012.

Coordinates: 57°43′54″N 5°48′9″W / 57.73167°N 5.80250°W / 57.73167; -5.80250