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"Rough Island" is also used as a translation of "Garbh Eilean", a common Scottish name for islands
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Rough Island
Rough Island, opposite Rockcliffe
Rough Island, opposite Rockcliffe
Physical geography
Area 8 hectares (0.03 sq mi)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Dumfries and Galloway
Population 0

Rough Island is a 20-acre (8 ha) uninhabited tidal island located in the Rough Firth off the Solway Firth, Scotland, in the historical county of Kirkcudbrightshire, the same region where the River Urr flows into the Solway. The isle of Rough is 79 feet (24 metres) at its highest point.

National Trust for Scotland Ownership

Since 1937 the isle of Rough has been in the ownership of the National Trust for Scotland. The island is now a bird sanctuary.


Accessible across the causeway from Kippford when the tides allow or across the mudflats from Rockcliffe, the isle of Rough can be walked to from the Scottish mainland. As the island is a bird sanctuary visitors should avoid travelling to the island during the months of May and June to avoid disturbing the nesting oystercatchers and ringed plovers. The islands' causeway is flooded and underwater for 5 (five) hours during high tide and visitors to the island need to take this into account when travelling there.

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