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Gaelic name Eilean Iarmain
Norse name Örfirirsey
Meaning of name "Ebb (i.e. tidal) island", from Norse
Ornsay is located in Isle of Skye
Ornsay shown relative to Skye
OS grid reference NG709125
Coordinates 57°09′N 5°47′W / 57.15°N 5.79°W / 57.15; -5.79
Physical geography
Island group Inner Hebrides
Area c. 35 ha
Highest elevation 46 m
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Highland
Population 0
References [1][2][3][4]
Ornsay Lighthouse
Eilean Iarmain
Ornsay Lighthouse - geograph.org.uk - 541396.jpg
Ornsay Lighthouse
Location Skye
Inner Hebrides
United Kingdom
Coordinates 57°08′36″N 5°46′52″W / 57.143434°N 5.781037°W / 57.143434; -5.781037
Year first constructed 1857
Automated 1962
Construction masonry tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Height 19 metres (62 ft)
Focal height 18 metres (59 ft)
Current lens 300mm Acrylic lens with a 250 watt tungsten lamp
Light source mains power
Range 18 nautical miles (33 km; 21 mi)
Characteristic Oc W 8s.
Admiralty number A3944
NGA number 3800
ARLHS number SCO-161
Managing agent Northern Lighthouse Board[5] [6]

Ornsay is a small tidal island to the east of the Sleat peninsula on the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.


The island provides good shelter to a natural harbour which is overlooked by the village of Isleornsay. The "Ornsay" lighthouse stands on the neighbouring islet, Eilean Sionnach.[7]


The lighthouse is an active light located on the Ornsay tidal isle in the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides.

It was built in 1857 on project by Thomas and David Stevenson; it is a masonry tower with gallery, lantern and keeper’s house. The apparatus installed entered in service on 10 November 1857, it was improved in the lenses system in order to show the light strength according to the distance to be shown. The lighthouse is equipped with a battery backup for fourteen days to keep working the emergency light; it was modernized in 1988 when mains power was installed. The lighthouse emits an white occulting light every 8 seconds and was automated in 1962. [8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2001 UK Census per List of islands of Scotland
  2. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey
  4. ^ Iain Mac an Tailleir. "Placenames" (PDF). Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. Retrieved 2007-07-27. 
  5. ^ Ornsay (Isleornsay, Eilean Iarmain) The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 20 May 2016
  6. ^ Ornsay Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 20 May 2016
  7. ^ "Overview of Isleornsay". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2007-07-27. 
  8. ^ Ornsay Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 20 May 2016

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Coordinates: 57°8′48″N 5°47′12″W / 57.14667°N 5.78667°W / 57.14667; -5.78667