Longa Island

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Longa Island
Gaelic name Longa
Norse name Possibly Long-øy
Meaning of name Old Norse 'ship Island'
Longa Island is located in Highland
Longa Island
Longa Island
Longa Island shown within Highland Scotland
OS grid reference NG736776
Coordinates 57°43′N 5°48′W / 57.72°N 5.8°W / 57.72; -5.8
Physical geography
Island group Highland
Area 126 hectares (0.49 sq mi)
Area rank 132 [1]
Highest elevation Druim am Eilean 70 metres (230 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Highland Council
Population 0[2]
References [3][4][5]

Longa Island (Gaelic: Longa) is a small uninhabited island at the mouth of Gairloch on the west coast of Scotland.


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


There was a small fishing community in early in the 19th century; the island had become deserted by the latter part.


  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: 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.

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