Shuna Island

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Shuna Island
Scottish Gaelic nameSiùna[1]
Meaning of nameProbably "sea island" from Norse[1]
Shuna Island is located in Argyll and Bute
Shuna Island
Shuna Island
Shuna shown within Argyll and Bute
OS grid referenceNM916490
Coordinates56°35′24″N 5°23′42″W / 56.59°N 5.395°W / 56.59; -5.395
Physical geography
Island groupLoch Linnhe
Area155 ha (383 acres)
Area rank121 [2]
Highest elevationTom an t-Seallaidh 71 m (233 ft)
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaArgyll and Bute
The farm on Shuna

Shuna Island[6] or simply Shuna is an island in Loch Linnhe, offshore from Appin. The island is approximately two kilometres (1+14 miles) long and one kilometre (58 mi) wide and extends to some 155 ha (383 acres) in total. The island is characterised by a table topped hill at its southern end.[7] The name Shuna is probably derived from the Norse, for "sea island".[1] The island is separated from Appin by the Sound of Shuna.

Shuna is recorded in a late 16th-century document as belonging to John Stewart, the Laird of Appin.[5] He may have built Castle Shuna a small tower-house, which is now in ruins lies at the south end[8] In the 18th century, Shuna Farmhouse replaced Castle Shuna as the residence on the island: it is a Category B listed traditional farmhouse dating from the 1740s.[9] Opposite Castle Shuna, at the head of Loch Laich, is the island fortress of Castle Stalker, also historically a possession of the Stewarts of Appin.[10]

The island forms part of the Lynn of Lorn National Scenic Area, one of 40 in Scotland.[11]

In 2012 the island was placed on sale via agents Savills for £1.85 million.[12]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mac an Tàilleir p. 105
  2. ^ Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands over 20 ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
  3. ^ General Register Office for Scotland (28 November 2003) Scotland's Census 2001 – Occasional Paper No 10: Statistics for Inhabited Islands. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey. OS Maps Online (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure.
  5. ^ a b Haswell-Smith (2004) pp. 117-18
  6. ^ "Shuna Island". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Overview of Shuna". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 12 December 2007.
  8. ^ "Castle Shuna". Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 12 December 2007.
  9. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Shuna Farmhouse (Category B Listed Building) (LB12343)". Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  10. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Castle Stalker (Category A Listed Building) (LB12345)". Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  11. ^ "National Scenic Areas" Archived 2017-03-11 at the Wayback Machine. SNH. Retrieved 30 Mar 2011.
  12. ^ Welsh, Susan (5 June 2012) "Buy a piece of paradise". Glasgow. The Herald.

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Coordinates: 56°35′14″N 5°23′43″W / 56.58722°N 5.39528°W / 56.58722; -5.39528