Mugdrum Island

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Mugdrum Island
Gaelic name muc-dhruim
Meaning of name hog-back
Mugdrum Island is located in Scotland
Mugdrum Island
Mugdrum Island
Mugdrum Island shown within Scotland
OS grid reference NO225189
Coordinates 56°22′N 3°15′W / 56.36°N 3.25°W / 56.36; -3.25
Physical geography
Island group River Tay
Area 32 ha
Highest elevation 4 m
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Fife
Population nil
References [1][2]
Mugdrum seen from Carpow Hill, Fife

Mugdrum Island lies in the Firth of Tay, offshore from the town of Newburgh, Fife, in the east of Scotland.[3]


Mugdrum is low-lying and reedy, with the "North Deep" and "South Deep" channels on either side of the island. It covers an area of 32 acres (130,000 m2).[3]


Mugdrum's name is from muc-dhruim, the Scottish Gaelic for hog-back. However, this was applied to the coast opposite, which part it was named for.[3]

The reeds were once harvested for thatching and for protecting potatoes during transshipment. Until 1926, a 50-acre (200,000 m2) farm grew cereals, potatoes and turnips in the island's alluvial soil. It is now a nature reserve under the stewardship of the Tay Valley Wildfowlers' Association.

The Laing Museum in Newburgh preserves the stuffed body of a two-headed kitten born in the 19th century on Mugdrum.

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Media related to Mugdrum Island at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 56°21′22″N 3°15′21″W / 56.35606°N 3.25578°W / 56.35606; -3.25578