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Pladda (Scottish Gaelic: Pladaigh) is an island off the west coast of Scotlandmarker. It is home to a lighthouse of the same name.


Pladda lies off the south coast of Arranmarker in the Firth of Clydemarker at .

The island is small, flat, teardrop-shaped island, less than a kilometre along its length and rising to just above sea level. Unusually for such a small island it has its own source of fresh water.

The Lighthouse

Pladda Lighthouse dates from 1790 and was designed by Thomas Smith. It was the first light on the Clyde to be commissioned by the Commissioners of the Northern Lights. The lighthouse was automated in 1990.

Pladda and its lighthouse feature extensively in Peter Hill's book Stargazing: Memoirs of a Young Lighthouse Keeper. The island is currently owned by Derek and Sally Morten from Derbyshire who purchased it in 1989.

Pladda shares its name with Pladda Island a tiny islet situated in the Lynn of Lorn between Lismoremarker and Ardmucknish Bay.

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