Scalpay, Inner Hebrides facts for kids
|Gaelic name||Sgalpaigh (an t-Sratha)|
|Meaning of name||ship island|
|OS grid reference||NG605315|
|Area||2,483 ha (9 5⁄8 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||Mullach na Càrn, 396 m (1,299 ft)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Population density||0.16/km2 (0.41/sq mi)|
Separated from the east coast of Skye by Loch na Cairidh, Scalpay rises to 396 metres (1,299 ft) at Mullach na Càrn. It has an area of just under 25 square kilometres (9.7 sq mi). The island had a population of ten usual residents in 2001 and of four in 2011.
Mac an Tàilleir (2003) suggests the name derives from "ship island" from the Norse. However, Haswell-Smith states that the Old Norse name was Skalprøy, meaning "scallop island".
Dean Monro gave the following description of Scalpay in 1549:
...a fair hunting forest, full of deer, with certain little woods and small towns, well inhabited and manured, with many strong coves, good for fishing, in heritage it pertains to Maclean of Duart.
By the time of Dr Johnson's tour, the island was held by a tenant of Sir Alexander Macdonald.
Shipping magnate and politician, Donald Currie owned the island in the late 19th century and was responsible for the construction of the first roads and much tree planting.
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