|Scottish Gaelic name||Siùna|
|Meaning of name||Probably "sea island" from Norse|
|OS grid reference|
|Island group||Loch Linnhe|
|Area||155 ha (383 acres)|
|Area rank||121 |
|Highest elevation||Tom an t-Seallaidh 71 m (233 ft)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Council area||Argyll and Bute|
Shuna Island or simply Shuna is an island in Loch Linnhe, offshore from Appin. The island is approximately two kilometres (1+1⁄4 miles) long and one kilometre (5⁄8 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. The name Shuna is probably derived from the Norse, for "sea island". 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. He may have built Castle Shuna a small tower-house, which is now in ruins lies at the south end 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. 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.
Notes and references
- Mac an Tàilleir p. 105
- 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.
- General Register Office for Scotland (28 November 2003) Scotland's Census 2001 – Occasional Paper No 10: Statistics for Inhabited Islands. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
- Ordnance Survey. OS Maps Online (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure.
- Haswell-Smith (2004) pp. 117-18
- "Shuna Island". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
- "Overview of Shuna". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 12 December 2007.
- "Castle Shuna". Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 12 December 2007.
- Historic Environment Scotland. "Shuna Farmhouse (Category B Listed Building) (LB12343)". Retrieved 28 March 2019.
- Historic Environment Scotland. "Castle Stalker (Category A Listed Building) (LB12345)". Retrieved 28 March 2019.
- "National Scenic Areas" Archived 2017-03-11 at the Wayback Machine. SNH. Retrieved 30 Mar 2011.
- Welsh, Susan (5 June 2012) "Buy a piece of paradise". Glasgow. The Herald.
- Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.
- Mac an Tàilleir, Iain (2003) Ainmean-àite/Placenames. (pdf) Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. Retrieved 26 August 2012.