Neave Island

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Neave Island
Gaelic name Eilean naomha[1] or Eilean na Coomb[2]
Meaning of name holy[1]
Neave Island is located in Highland
Neave Island
Neave Island
Neave Island shown within Highland Scotland
OS grid reference NC663643
Coordinates 58°32′N 4°17′W / 58.54°N 4.29°W / 58.54; -4.29
Physical geography
Island group Highland / Islands of Sutherland
Area 30 hectares (0.12 sq mi)[3]
Highest elevation 70 metres (230 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Highland
Population 0
References [4]

Neave Island (also Coomb Island) is an island on the north coast of the Scottish mainland.

Neave Island is a small rugged island to the east of Eilean nan Ròn in Sutherland, separated from the mainland by a narrow channel, Caol Beag.[2] It is just over half a mile from the settlement of Skerray and is known for its sandy beach on the far eastern end of the island.[5] There are remains of an ancient church, identified as St. Coloumba's Church on an 1874 map of the island.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  2. ^ a b "Coomb Island". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  3. ^ Rick Livingstone’s Tables of the Islands of Scotland (pdf) Argyll Yacht Charters. Retrieved 12 Dec 2011.
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey. OS Maps Online (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "An island to myself". John o'Groat Journal. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  6. ^ Scotflyer / Alan Moar. "Neave Island". Flickr. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Historical perspective for Coomb Island". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 

Coordinates: 58°32′48″N 4°17′53″W / 58.54667°N 4.29806°W / 58.54667; -4.29806