Muckle Green Holm

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Muckle Green Holm
Gaelic name Unknown
Norse name Hellisey
Meaning of name Mixture of English and Old Norse meaning 'large green small round island'.
Muckle Green Holm seen from the north-west
Muckle Green Holm seen from the north-west
Muckle Green Holm is located in Orkney Islands
Muckle Green Holm
Muckle Green Holm
Muckle Green Holm shown within Orkney
OS grid reference HY525272
Coordinates 59°08′N 2°50′W / 59.13°N 2.83°W / 59.13; -2.83
Physical geography
Island group Orkney
Area 28 hectares (0.11 sq mi)[1]
Highest elevation 28 m
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Orkney Islands
Population 0
References [2][3]

Muckle Green Holm is an uninhabited island in the North Isles of the Orkney archipelago in Scotland. It is roughly 28 hectares (0.11 sq mi) in extent and rises to 28 metres (92 ft) above sea level, the summit having a trig point. The literal meaning of the name is somewhat contradictory. 'Holm' is from the Old Norse holmr, meaning a small and rounded islet.[4] 'Muckle' is Scots for 'big' or 'large' so it's a big small island. To the south lies Little Green Holm, and between the two is the Sound of Green Holms. Eastward is a strait called Fall of Warness between Muckle Green Holm and the much larger island of Eday. In these waters the European Marine Energy Centre have installed tidal power testing equipment.[5]

Muckle Green Holm has a great cormorant colony and a population of European otters.[2]

See also[edit]

List of Orkney islands

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Rick Livingstone’s Tables of the Islands of Scotland" (pdf) Argyll Yacht Charters. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey
  4. ^ Waugh, Doreen J., Orkney Place-names in Omand, Donald (ed.) (2003) The Orkney Book. Edinburgh, Birlinn. Page 119
  5. ^ "EMEC". Retrieved 2007-02-03. 

Coordinates: 59°7′48″N 2°49′44″W / 59.13000°N 2.82889°W / 59.13000; -2.82889

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