Stockinish Island

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Stockinish Island
Gaelic name Eilean Stocainis
Stockinish Island is located in Outer Hebrides
Stockinish Island
Stockinish Island
Stockinish Island shown within the Outer Hebrides
OS grid reference NG136903
Coordinates 57°49′N 6°49′W / 57.81°N 6.82°W / 57.81; -6.82
Physical geography
Island group Lewis and Harris
Area 49 hectares (0.19 sq mi)
Area rank 205= [1]
Highest elevation 44 metres (144 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Na h-Eileanan Siar
Population 0
References [2][3][4]

Stockinish Island (Scottish Gaelic: Eilean Stocainis) is an uninhabited island off Harris, in the Outer Hebrides.

Geography and geology[edit]

Stockinish Island lies on the edge of the Minch, in the mouth of Loch Stockinish, south east of Harris. It is uninhabited and is now used for grazing. The island is 49 hectares (0.19 sq mi) in area, and rises to 44 metres (144 ft) at its highest point.[3] Loch an t-Sàile (loch of the brine), in the centre of the island, is an artificially dammed salt water loch, probably formerly a fish trap, and now used as a lobster pond.[3]

Stockinish's geology is Lewisian gneiss.

Stockinish Island has two kyles (narrows), namely Caolas Beag to the north east and Caolas Mòr to the south west. It provides shelter to Stockinish Loch, which has a pier used by yachts during the summer.

To the south west is the small Eilean Leasait, and Stac nam Faoileag (seagull stack) is just to the south. There are a number of reefs to the south, which are above water at low tide.


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ 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. ^ a b c Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey. Get-a-map (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure. Retrieved 21 August 2013. [dead link]

Coordinates: 57°48.6′N 6°49.3′W / 57.8100°N 6.8217°W / 57.8100; -6.8217