Pladda (Scottish Gaelic: Pladaigh) is an uninhabited island 1 km off the south coast of the Isle of Arran in the Firth of Clyde at grid reference NS027191, western Scotland. It is home to the automated Pladda Lighthouse. The island is privately owned, having been put up for sale by Arran Estate in 1990.[1]

Pladda
Scottish Gaelic namePladaigh
Pladda seen from the Isle of Arran, with Ailsa Craig in the background
Pladda seen from the Isle of Arran, with Ailsa Craig in the background
Location
Pladda is located in North Ayrshire
Pladda
Pladda
Pladda shown within North Ayrshire
Coordinates55°25′33″N 5°7′10″W / 55.42583°N 5.11944°W / 55.42583; -5.11944Coordinates: 55°25′33″N 5°7′10″W / 55.42583°N 5.11944°W / 55.42583; -5.11944
Physical geography
Area13.4 ha (33+18 acres)
Administration
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
CountryScotland
Council areaNorth Ayrshire
Demographics
Population0
Lymphad

GeographyEdit

Pladda is a small, flat, teardrop-shaped island, 700 metres (2,300 feet) long and rising to just 27 metres (89 ft) above sea level. Unusually for such a small island, it has its own source of fresh water. Pladda shares its name with Pladda Island, a tiny islet situated in the Lynn of Lorn between Lismore and Ardmucknish Bay.

LighthouseEdit

Pladda Lighthouse and its ancillary buildings stand at the southern end of Pladda.

ChurchEdit

There appears to have been a church or chapel on Pladda. John of Fordun and other chroniclers from 1400 to 1500 speak of the isle of St Blase of Pladda. Nothing now remains to mark its site, and its whereabouts are unknown.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. p. 16. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.
  2. ^ "Pladda, Church". ScotlandsPlaces. 11 November 1977. Retrieved 4 August 2012.

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