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Lead para[edit]

  • Include Infobox with a map.
  • Summarise the article with a brief mention of each section per WP:MOS.
  • Include Gaelic name if appropriate and note location of island and/or island group.
  • Note that Haswell-Smith's name derivations (e.g. Uist) are not always corroborated by other researchers. Pàrlamaid na h-Alba placenames, for example is worth checking for alternatives.
  • Write/edit it last when you are satisfied the rest of the article is up-to-scratch.


Ecclesiastical connections: Many islets have had hermits, or saints' dedications.
Shipwrecks: Many islands have at least one shipwreck.
Transport links
Attractions (if not already mentioned)
Population (details of former and current)
Prominent residents or natives. These should of course be referenced.
Media/Arts. If appropriate add genuinely relevant info, but avoid trivia e.g.
'Barra' is the name of six-dimensional werewolf in the novel 'X'.
However, "The novel These Demented Lands by Alan Warner is partly set on the island." is fine.

Note that some GA reviewers may have their own ideas about section ordering. This makes consistency across the project hard to achieve.

See also[edit]

Most neighbouring islands etc. will already be mentioned in the text, but there may be something relevant to add.


Maximise in-line references. A GA needs specific page numbers (from August 07).

External Links[edit]

Avoid link spam.


Appropriate categories and templates

Talk page[edit]

Add {{WP:Scotland|class=|importance=}} banner at top.

Other assistance[edit]

Undertake a peer review This could be by asking a member(s) of the project team take a look at it. You can also use:


See also

References Cheatsheet[edit]

Feel free to add some.


GA reviewers have requested:

area rank: <ref>{{Haswell-Smith|502-03. Modified to include bridged islands}}</ref>
population <ref name=GRO>General Register Office for Scotland (28 November 2003) ''[ Occasional Paper No 10: Statistics for Inhabited Islands]''. Retrieved 22 Jan 2011.</ref>
population rank= <ref name = Census/>
references=<ref>Infobox reference is {{Haswell-Smith|xx-xx. unless otherwise stated}}</ref>
<ref name=Smith>{{Haswell-Smith | nn-mm}}</ref> appears as "Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate, nn-mm. ISBN 1841954543."
<ref>{{Gaelic Placenames}}</ref> (Files are labelled A-B, C-E, F-J, K-O and P-Z but page numbers are available.
<ref name=OS>{{cite map| url=| title=Get-a-map| publisher=[[Ordnance Survey]]}}</ref>


Standard GA practice is now to request that the full book reference is located in a bibliography and the inline citation uses the name, date and page no per FAs. Don't expect any consistency regarding what the sections are to be called.

* Anderson, Joseph (Ed.) (1893) ''[[Orkneyinga saga]]''. Translated by Jón A. Hjaltalin & Gilbert Goudie. Edinburgh. James Thin and Mercat Press (1990 reprint). ISBN 0-901824-25-9

* Baird, Bob (1995) ''Shipwrecks of the West of Scotland''. Glasgow. Nekton Books. ISBN 1897995024

* Banks, Noel, (1977) ''Six Inner Hebrides''. Newton Abbott: David & Charles. ISBN 0715373684

* Bathhurst, Bella (2000) ''The Lighthouse Stevensons''. London. Flamingo.

* Coventry, Martin (2008) ''Castles of the Clans''. Musselburgh. Goblinshead. ISBN 9781899874361

* Cooper, Derek (1979) ''Road to the Isles: Travellers in the Hebrides 1770-1914''. London. Routledge & Kegan Paul.

* Dow, Jim (2005) ''Islands Galore. A Scottish Islands Handbook''. Edinburgh. Black & White Publishing.

* Dwelly, Edward (1911), ''Faclair Gàidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan/The Illustrated [Scottish] Gaelic- English Dictionary'' (10th ed.), Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited, ISBN 1874744041

* Fraser Darling, F. & Boyd, J.M. (1969) ''Natural History in the Highlands and Islands.'' London. Bloomsbury.

* Gillen, Con (2003) ''Geology and landscapes of Scotland''. Harpenden. Terra Publishing. ISBN 1903544092

*[[James Hunter (historian)|Hunter, James]] (2000) ‘'Last of the Free: A History of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland''. Edinburgh. Mainstream. ISBN 1840183764

* Keay, J. & Keay, J. (1994) ''[[Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland]]''. London. HarperCollins. ISBN 0002550822

* McKirdy, Alan Gordon, John & Crofts, Roger (2007) ''Land of Mountain and Flood: The Geology and Landforms of Scotland''. Edinburgh. Birlinn. ISBN 9781841583570

* [[W.H. Murray|Murray, W.H.]] (1973) ''The Islands of Western Scotland: the Inner and Outer Hebrides.'' London. Eyre Methuen. ISBN 0413303802

* [[W.H. Murray|Murray, W.H.]] (1977) ''The Companion Guide to the West Highlands of Scotland.'' London. Collins.

* [[W.H. Murray|Murray, W.H.]] (1966) ''The Hebrides''. London. Heinemann.

* Munro, R.W. (1979) ''Scottish Lighthouses''. Stornoway. Thule Press.

* Nicolson, James R. (1972) ''Shetland''. Newton Abbot. David & Charles.

* Noble, Gordon; Poller, Tessa & Verrill, Lucy (2008) ''Scottish Odysseys: The Archaeology of Islands''. Stroud. Tempus. ISBN 9780752441689

* Penrith, James & Deborah (2007) ''Orkney & Shetland'' (part of ''The Scottish Islands'' series). [[Richmond, Surrey|Richmond]]. Crimson.

* Penrith, James & Deborah (2007) ''Skye & The Western Isles'' (part of ''The Scottish Islands'' series - edition includes Inner Hebrides, and Islands of the Clyde). [[Richmond, Surrey|Richmond]]. Crimson.

* Smith, Robin ''The Making of Scotland'' (2001) Edinburgh. Canongate.

* Thomson, William PL (2001) ''The new history of Orkney''. Edinburgh. Mercat Press.

* Thomson, Derick (ed.) (1994) ''The Companion to Gaelic Scotland''. Glasgow. Gairm. ISBN 1871901316

* [[William J. Watson|Watson, W. J.]] (1994) ''The Celtic Place-Names of Scotland''. Edinburgh; Birlinn. ISBN 1841583235. First published 1926.

Web sources[edit]

Ravenna Cosmography for a discussion of possible Roman names for islands.