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Eilean Ornsay
Gaelic name Eilean Ornsay
Meaning of name tidal island
OS grid reference NR161523
Coordinates 56°36′N 6°31′W / 56.6°N 6.51°W / 56.6; -6.51
Physical geography
Island group Mull
Area 14 ha (0.054 sq mi)
Highest elevation 10 m (33 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Argyll and Bute
Population 0

Eilean Ornsay is a rocky and uninhabited island located off the south-western coast of the Inner Hebridean island of Coll. It is situated on the western side of Loch Eatharna and is joined to Coll at low tide. Evidence of the dun and other archaeological finds were recently discovered by a field walk on the east side of Coll.

Eilean Ornsay (photo, 2007)
Eilean Ornsay, 2007


Coll map (duns, hillforts, and crannogs)
Location of duns, hillforts, and crannogs, on Coll.

The island was recently visited by members of Coll Archaeology Association Shorewatch, resulting in the discovery of evidence of several archaeological sites which had previously been unrecorded. Evidence of a possible dun was found located at . Several examples of rock-cut basins were found: one located at ; and three located at . A kelp kiln was found at ; a shell mound was found at ; a sheiling at ; and an enclosure at .

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