Fladda, Slate Islands

Fladda is one of the Slate Islands, off the west coast of Argyll and Bute, Scotland.

Meaning of name"flat island"
Fladda is located in Argyll and Bute
Fladda shown within Argyll and Bute
OS grid referenceNM720123
Coordinates56°15′00″N 5°40′30″W / 56.25°N 5.675°W / 56.25; -5.675
Physical geography
Island groupSlate Islands
Highest elevation m
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaArgyll and Bute
Fladda Lighthouse Edit this at Wikidata
Schottland Lighthouse.jpg
Fladda Lighthouse in 2005
Coordinates56°14′54″N 5°40′50″W / 56.248316°N 5.680506°W / 56.248316; -5.680506
Constructionmasonry tower
Height13 metres (43 ft)
Shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markingswhite tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Heritagecategory B listed building Edit this on Wikidata
Focal height13 metres (43 ft)
CharacteristicFl (2) W 9s.

Fladda is an islet in the Sound of Luing, between Luing and Belnahua. The name Fladda originates from the Old Norse for 'flat island'.


Fladda lighthouse is an active lighthouse located on the Islet of Fladda, one of the Slate Islands about 1.8 kilometres (1.1 mi) off Cullippol. The lighthouse was built in 1860 on project by David A. and Thomas Stevenson; it is a cylindrical masonry tower 13 metres (43 ft) high with gallery and lantern. The tower is painted white, the lantern is black and has ochre trim; it is a minor light operated by Northern Lighthouse Board but managed privately. The light emits a two white flashes every 9 seconds.[5] The keeper's house seems to be home to a large colony of terns.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ National Records of Scotland (15 August 2013). "Appendix 2: Population and households on Scotland's Inhabited Islands" (PDF). Statistical Bulletin: 2011 Census: First Results on Population and Household Estimates for Scotland Release 1C (Part Two) (PDF) (Report). SG/2013/126. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  2. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey. OS Maps Online (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure.
  4. ^ Mac an Tàilleir, Iain (2003) Ainmean-àite/Placenames. (pdf) Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  5. ^ a b Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Scotland: Argyll and Bute". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2016-05-23.

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Coordinates: 56°14′56″N 5°40′48″W / 56.24889°N 5.68000°W / 56.24889; -5.68000