ⓘ Sheep Island, Argyll

                                     

ⓘ Sheep Island, Argyll

Sheep Island is a small uninhabited island situated off the southern tip of the Kintyre peninsula in Scotland.

Sheep island, along with Sanda island and the island Glunimore, form a small group of Islands about 3 km 1.9 miles South of Kintyre at grid reference NR733055.

Moving from North to South, the island is located about 600 meters 660 yards long, and is steep and precipitous along the West coast, rising to a maximum height of 41 meters 135 feet. There is a cave on the West coast and a natural arch in the North-Western part of the island. Significant drying reef of rocks surrounds the island and makes a landing on the island difficult. There are a number of strong tidal races in the area, tum BA nach is one that extends North from sheep island to around halfway across the sound of Sanda.

As the name suggests, sheep have traditionally been grazed here, however the island is more notable as the primary breeding ground for puffins in the Clyde. Here the birds are returning to the neighbouring island of Ailsa Craig, where they were destroyed. Guillemots and gugarci nest on the island of sheep.