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Leader of the Highland Council responds to Islands Bill

31st May 2018

Speaking after the passing of the Scottish Government's Islands (Scotland) Bill, Cllr Margaret Davidson, Leader of the Highland Council said: "I welcome the passing of this Bill which recognises the importance of our Island communities and considers the impact of legislation and policies on people who live there.

"The Bill refers to a national islands plan which is aimed at improving outcomes for island communities and I really look forward to positive discussions with the Scottish Government about this plan. This provides great opportunities for us in the Highlands.

"I note that the Bill describes an "inhabited island" as an island ‘permanently inhabited by at least one individual'. It is important to recognise that Highland Council has a coastline of 4412km with 1493 islands and nineteen of these islands are inhabited.

“I look forward to the Scottish Government now focusing on the fact that many of the issues covered in the Bill are very similar to the issues that face our remote and rural areas and perhaps we can follow this useful island bill with some new policy and support for our rural economies.

“Whilst we absolutely welcome working with the Scottish Government to improve island lives and communities, we need to know that we will be properly resourced to do this."

OK so you never knew Highland council had so many islands to deal with. Here is a list of a few-

A

An t-Iasgair

Ascrib Islands

B

Bottle Island

C

Canna, Scotland

Cherry Island (Loch Ness)

E

Eigg

Eilean Chathastail

Eilean Donan

Eilean Meadhonach

Eilean Shona

Isle of Ewe

F

Fladda-chùain

G

Garbh Sgeir

H

Handa, Scotland

Hyskeir

I

Inner Hebrides

Isle Ristol

M

Mingay

Muck, Scotland

O

Ornsay

P

Pabay

R

Raasay

Rùm

S

Sanday, Inner Hebrides

Scalpay, Inner Hebrides

Skye

Soay, Skye

Staffin Island

Summer Isles

Uninhabited Islands of Highland Council area

C

Calbha Beag

Càrna

Clett

Crowlin Islands

D

Dunglass Island

E

Eilean an Ròin Mòr

Eilean Bàn, Lochalsh

Eilean Choraidh

Eilean Dubh, Summer Isles

Eilean Fladday

Eilean Hoan

Eilean Horrisdale

Eilean Ighe

Eilean Mòr, Loch Sunart

Eilean Mòr, Crowlin Islands

Eilean Mòr, Loch Dunvegan

Eilean Mullagrach

Eilean nan Gillean

Eilean nan Ròn

Eilean Ruairidh Mòr

Eilean Sùbhainn

Eilean Tigh

Eilean Trodday

G

Garbh Eilean, Loch Maree

Gruinard Island

H

Harlosh Island

Horse Island, Summer Isles

I

Innis Mhòr

Isay

Isle Martin

L

Lampay

Longa Island

Longay

N

Neave Island

O

Oldany Island

Oronsay, Loch Bracadale

Oronsay, Loch Sunart

P

Priest Island

R

Rabbit Islands, Scotland

S

South Ascrib

South Rona

Stroma, Scotland

T

Tanera Beag

Tanera Mòr

Tarner Island

W

Wiay, Skye

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