Scariff Island

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Scariff Island
Native name:
An Scairbh
Scariff Island off Derrynane - - 505897.jpg
Scariff Island north side from a yacht
Scariff Island is located in island of Ireland
Scariff Island
Scariff Island
LocationAtlantic Ocean
Coordinates51°43′51″N 10°15′01″W / 51.7307°N 10.2502°W / 51.7307; -10.2502Coordinates: 51°43′51″N 10°15′01″W / 51.7307°N 10.2502°W / 51.7307; -10.2502
Area1.48 km2 (0.57 sq mi)
Highest elevation252 m (827 ft)
Population0 (2011)
Pop. density0 /km2 (0 /sq mi)
Scariff Island
Highest point
Elevation252 m (827 ft) [1]
Prominence252 m (827 ft) [1]

Scariff Island (Irish: An Scairbh, meaning "Rugged",[2][3]) is an island of the Atlantic Ocean belonging to County Kerry, Ireland.


The island is 366 acres; its highest hill is at 252 m.[1] It's located in the Atlantic Ocean at around 1 km from Deenish Island[2] and 7 km from Hogs Head, on the mainland.[4]


In 1837 only one family lived on Scariff; their main work was to care the cattle which grazed on the island. On the summit of the hill there were remains of an ancient hermitage and, on the east side, ruins of a church.[5] 1911 census does not report any inhabitant for Scariff Island.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Dunkerron Mountains Area - Scarriff Island Hill". MountainViews. Ordnance Survey Ireland. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Scariff and Deenish". St. Cronan's School. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  3. ^ "An Scairbh". Placenames Database of Ireland. Dublin City University. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  4. ^ "Traveling Luck for Hogs Head, Kerry, Ireland". Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  5. ^ Samuel Lewis (1837). A topographical dictionary of Ireland. S. Lewis & Co. Retrieved May 19, 2015.

External links[edit]

Media related to Scariff Island at Wikimedia Commons

Scariff (right) and Deenish islands from the mainland