Oldany Island

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Oldany Island


Oldany Island from Culkein Drumbeg
Location: 58°15’27"N, 5°15’38"W
Grid reference: NC088345
Area: 500 acres
Highest point: Sidhean nan Ealachan; 341 feet
Population: 0

Oldany Island is an uninhabited island of 500 acres in Assynt, in the west of Sutherland. It lies just off the county's west coast, at the mouth of the Minch, and it joined to the mainland at low tide.

The island was formerly named 'Oldney Island'. The name is Old Norse in origin and possibly means 'fruit island'.[1]

The island is owned by the Turner family and has long been used for grazing sheep.


Oldany Island (right) from the mainland

Oldany Island is a large tidal island at the south-western entrance to Eddrachillis Bay/Kylesku. It has an area of 500 acres and its highest point is Sìdhean nan Ealachan ('The Swans' Fairy Mound') at 341 feet.

Handa Island lies to the north, across Eddrachillis Bay; Eilean Chrona is to the south-west and Sgeir nan Gall ('Norsemen's Skerry') is to the north.

The island is within the 'Assynt-Coigach National Scenic Area'.

The settlement of Oldany is on the adjacent mainland.

Outside links

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  • Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 1841954543. 
  • Oldany: Gazetteer for Scotland