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Mugdrum Island
Gaelic name muc-dhruim
Meaning of name hog-back
OS grid reference NO225189
Coordinates 56°22′N 3°15′W / 56.36°N 3.25°W / 56.36; -3.25
Physical geography
Island group River Tay
Area 32 ha
Highest elevation 4 m
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Fife
Population 0
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Mugdrum seen from Carpow Hill, Fife

Mugdrum Island lies in the Firth of Tay, offshore from the town of Newburgh, Fife, in the east of Scotland.


Mugdrum is low-lying and reedy, with the "North Deep" and "South Deep" channels on either side of the island. It covers an area of 32 acres (130,000 m2).


Mugdrum's name is from muc-dhruim, the Scottish Gaelic for hog-back. The name is also applied to Mugdrum House, to the west of Newburgh in Fife, on the south coast of the Tay opposite the island.

The reeds were once harvested for thatching and for protecting potatoes during transshipment. Until 1926, a 50-acre (200,000 m2) farm grew cereals, potatoes and turnips in the island's alluvial soil. It is now a nature reserve under the stewardship of the Tay Valley Wildfowlers' Association.

The Laing Museum in Newburgh preserves the stuffed body of a two-headed kitten born in the 19th century on Mugdrum.

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