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Coll | Colonsay | Easdale | Erraid | Gigha | Gometra | Iona | Islay | Jura | Kerrera | Lismore | Luing | Mull | Oronsay | Seil | Shuna | Tiree | Ulva

There are 23 inhabited islands in Argyll and Bute (Census 2011) – 19 of these are Hebridean. These are:  Coll (195); Colonsay (124); Danna (1); Easdale (59); Erraid (6); Gigha (163); Gometra (2); Iona (177); Islay (3228); Jura (196); Kerrera (34); Lismore (192); Luing (195); Mull(2800); Oronsay (8); Seil (551); Shuna (3); Tiree (653); and Ulva (6).

Argyll and Bute has  more inhabited islands than any other Scottish Local Authority, including the three Island Councils of Eilean Siar (14), Orkney (20), and Shetland (16). Highland had 14 inhabited islands.

15,105 people just over 17% of the population of Argyll + Bute live on an island. The 19 inhabited Hebridean islands account for 8,599 or 10% of the population of the county.

The population of the islands ranges from the largest Islay with 3228 people to the smallest Danna with just 1 permanent inhabitant.

The Argyll and Bute Advice Network provides information, advice and services on a wide range of issues to residents in Argyll & Bute, including housing! Click here to visit their website.

This island housing guide will help navigate the housing options available in all the inhabited Argyll islands in the Hebrides; looking at what social housing is available, housing for sale, house plots for sale as well as opportunities to rent. Please click on the island where you are interested in finding a house.

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Home Argyll now operates a new online application system for those wishing to apply for housing with their Argyll partners (social housing is provided on the Argyll islands by Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA), Fyne Homes and West Highland Housing Association).  Information has been sent to existing applicants however all new applicants are encouraged to apply this way. The online application can be found here.

Home Argyll have also created a tool for you to help you assess your own housing options. Click here to complete a housing options assessment.

Since 1st July 2014,


This seminar on community-led housing projects was very well received. Click on the title to view presentations from the day.

Angela Williams |Housing, Land and Community Ownership| Knoydart Foundation

Ian Hepburn | How to Skin a Cat | NW Mull Community Woodland Company 

Colin Morrison | Ulva Ferry Housing Project | USCA/MICT

Robert Borruso | Thing Out of the Box | Kilfinan Community Forest Company