Oronsay, Loch Bracadale

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Gaelic nameOrasaigh
Norse nameÖrfirirsey
Meaning of nametidal island
View of Oronsay from Ullinish Point
View of Oronsay from Ullinish Point
OS grid referenceNG316360
Physical geography
Island groupSkye
Area18 hectares (44 acres)[1]
Highest elevation72 metres (236 ft)
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaHighland
Largest settlementnone

Oronsay (Scottish Gaelic: Orasaigh) is an uninhabited[2] tidal island in Loch Bracadale on the west coast of Skye, Scotland. At low water the island is connected to Ullinish Point on Skye.

The eastern part of the island, which faces Skye, is low-lying grass land, while the western part rises until it reaches several cliffs, up to 70 metres (230 ft) in height.[5]

Oronsay is a well known hiking destination.[6]

Images of the cliffs of Oronsay[edit]


  1. ^ Rick Livingstone’s Tables of the Islands of Scotland (pdf) Argyll Yacht Charters. Retrieved 12 Dec 2011.
  2. ^ a b National Records of Scotland (15 August 2013) (pdf) Statistical Bulletin: 2011 Census: First Results on Population and Household Estimates for Scotland - Release 1C (Part Two). "Appendix 2: Population and households on Scotland’s inhabited islands". Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  3. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 23 North Skye (Dunvegan & Portree) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2011. ISBN 9780319229897.
  5. ^ "Northwest Skye - Oronsay". www.theskyeguide.com. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  6. ^ "Top 10 walks on Skye". theguardian.com. 2013-05-23. Retrieved 2017-10-14.

Coordinates: 57°20′10″N 6°27′36″W / 57.33611°N 6.46000°W / 57.33611; -6.46000