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For other places with the same name, see List of islands called Oronsay.
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
Physical geography
Island group Inner Hebrides
Area c. 35 ha
Highest elevation 46 m
Political geography
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Highland
Population 0
References [1][2][3][4]

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


Widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful tidal islands in Western Scotland,[citation needed] 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.[5]


  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. ^ "Overview of Isleornsay". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2007-07-27. 

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