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This is a list of inhabited islands in Scotland showing the population density of each one.

Data[edit]

  • Population data is from the 2001 census save those indicated as below.
  • Area data for offshore islands is from Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. pp. 502-503 or the section tables. Islands marked with an asterisk are those for which he does not provide data. Area data for freshwater islands is from the census.
  • (E) Indicates an estimate - no record provided by Census or Haswell-Smith.
  • F = populated freshwater island.
  •  ? Populated but no record provided by Census.

Hoy and South Walls are amalgamated in this list, although an estimate for the latter alone is provided.

Usage[edit]

In the absence of an existing reference work that provides all of the information in the density column below, great care must be taken in using the information.

The subject was aired at the No Original Research Noticeboard in 2009 and the comment made there was that "this is the kind of case where you can use your own judgment, certainly if these matters are not disputable or disputed" and the subject is marked as "resolved".

With the exception of the items marked "(E)" the population and area data is not disputed (although there are small discrepancies between authorities for the latter). There is thus no reason not to add the density information to an article or infobox (except perhaps in some of those cases).

However, this should be referenced with the source of both the area and population data. Rankings are another matter and statements such as "this is the third most densely populated island in the Outer Hebrides" should be avoided unless a reliable source corroborates the information. The data for very small islands or those with very low numbers of residents may need interpretation.

Having said that, there follows some headline information.

Key data[edit]

  • Most densely populated islands:
  1. Easdale
  2. Great Cumbrae
  3. West Burra
  • Least densely populated islands:
  1. Rùm
  2. South Rona
  3. Shuna, Slate Islands

Density by island Group

Group Highest Lowest
Shetland West Burra Vaila
Orkney Burray Gairsay
Western Isles Scalpay North Uist
Inner Hebrides Easdale Rùm
Clyde Great Cumbrae Holy Isle
Freshwater Inchmurrin Inchfad

Inhabited islands showing area and population density[edit]

Population rank Island Local Authority Population (2001 census) Area (hectares) Density (p/km2)
1 Lewis and Harris Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 19,918 217,898 9.14
2 Mainland, Shetland Shetland 17,550 96,700 18.15
3 Mainland, Orkney Orkney 15,315 52,325 29.27
4 Skye Highland 9,232 165,625 5.57
5 Bute Argyll and Bute 7,228 12,217 59.16
6 Arran North Ayrshire 5,045 43,201 11.68
7 Islay Argyll and Bute 3,457 61,956 5.58
8 Mull Argyll and Bute 2,667 87,535 3.05
9 South Uist Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 1,818 32,026 5.68
10 Great Cumbrae North Ayrshire 1,434 1,168 122.77
11 North Uist Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 1,271 30,305 4.19
12 Benbecula Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 1,219 8,203 14.86
13 Barra Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 1,078 5,875 18.35
14 Whalsay Shetland 1,034 1,970 52.49
15 Yell Shetland 957 21,211 4.51
16 South Ronaldsay Orkney 854 4,980 17.15
17 Tiree Argyll and Bute 770 7,834 9.83
18 West Burra Shetland 753 743 101.35
19 Unst Shetland 720 12,068 5.97
20 Westray Orkney 563 4,713 11.95
21 Seil Argyll and Bute 560 1,329 42.14
22 Sanday Orkney 478 5,043 9.48
23 Bressay Shetland 384 2,805 13.69
24 Burray Orkney 357 903 39.53
25 Stronsay Orkney 343 3,275 10.47
26 Scalpay Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 322 653 49.31
27 Shapinsay Orkney 300 2,948 10.18
28 Hoy (inc South Walls) Orkney 392 14,318 2.74
29 Great Bernera Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 233 2,122 10.98
30 Luing Argyll and Bute 212 1,543 13.74
31 Rousay Orkney 212 4,860 4.36
32 Grimsay Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 201 833 24.13
33 Raasay Highland 192 6,405 3.00
34 Jura Argyll and Bute 188 36,692 0.51
35 Coll Argyll and Bute 164 7,685 2.13
36 Lismore Argyll and Bute 146 2,351 6.21
37 Berneray Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 136 1,010 13.47
38 Eriskay Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 133 703 18.92
39 Trondra Shetland 133 275 48.36
40 Iona Argyll and Bute 125 877 14.25
41 Eday Orkney 121 2,745 4.41
42 South Walls Orkney 120 (E) 850 (E) 14.12 (E)
43 Gigha Argyll and Bute 110 1,395 7.89
44 Colonsay Argyll and Bute 108 4,617 2.34
45 Muckle Roe Shetland 104 1,773 5.87
46 Vatersay Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 94 960 9.79
47 Fetlar Shetland 86 4,078 2.11
48 Flotta Orkney 81 876 9.25
49 North Ronaldsay Orkney 70 690 10.14
50 Fair Isle Shetland 69 768 8.98
51 Eigg Highland 67 3,049 2.20
52 East Burra Shetland 66 515 12.82
53 Papa Westray Orkney 65 918 7.08
54 Easdale Argyll and Bute 58 20 (E) 290
55 Housay Shetland 50 218 22.94
56 Baleshare Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 49 910 5.38
57 Kerrera Argyll and Bute 42 1,214 3.46
58 Egilsay Orkney 37 650 5.69
59 Foula Shetland 31 1,265 5.37
60 Muck Highland 30 559 5.37
61 Bruray Shetland 26 55 47.27
62 Papa Stour Shetland 23 828 2.78
63 Rùm Highland 22 10,463 0.21
64 Graemsay Orkney 21 409 5.13
65 Grimsay, South East Benbecula Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 19 117[1] 16.24
66 Wyre Orkney 18 311 5.79
67 Ulva Argyll and Bute 16 1,990 0.80
68 Holy Isle North Ayrshire 13 253 5.14
69 Inchmurrin (F) West Dunbartonshire 13 133[1] 9.77
70 Isle of Ewe Highland 12 309 3.88
71 Flodaigh, Benbecula Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 11 145[1] 7.59
72 Papa Stronsay Orkney 10 74 13.51
73 Scalpay Highland 10 2,483 0.40
74 Eilean Shona Highland 9 525 1.71
75 Erraid Argyll and Bute 8 187 4.28
76 Lunga Argyll and Bute 7 254 2.76
77 Soay, Skye Highland 7 1,036 0.68
78 Canna Highland 6 1,130 0.53
79 Sanday Highland 6 184 3.26
80 Auskerry Orkney 5 85 5.88
81 Danna, Scotland Argyll and Bute 5 315 1.59
82 Gometra Argyll and Bute 5 425 1.18
83 Oronsay Argyll and Bute 5 543 0.92
84 Tanera Mòr Highland 5 310 1.61
85 Gairsay Orkney 3 240 1.25
86 Inchtavannach (F) Argyll and Bute 3 52[1] 5.77
87 Moncrieffe Island (F) Perth and Kinross 3 46[1] 6.52
88 Davaar Island Argyll and Bute 2 52 3.85
89 Eilean Bàn, Lochalsh Highland 2 10 (E) 20.00
90 Vaila Shetland 2 327 0.61
91 Inchcolm Fife 2 12[1] 16.67
92 South Rona Highland 2 930 0.22
93 Inchfad (F) Stirling 2 103 1.94
94 Eilean Donan Highland 1 1 (E) 100
95 Sanda Argyll and Bute 1 151 0.66
96 Shuna, Slate Islands Argyll and Bute 1 451 0.22
97 Innis Chonan (F) Argyll and Bute 1 8 12.50
98 Eriska Argyll and Bute ? 310 ?
99 Fraoch-eilean Comhairle nan Eilean Siar ? 30 (E) ?

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Genereal Register Office: Census