Mugdrum Island

Mugdrum Island lies in the Firth of Tay, offshore from the town of Newburgh, Fife, in the east of Scotland.[3]

Mugdrum Island
Gaelic namemuc-dhruim
Meaning of namehog-back
Mugdrum Island
Mugdrum Island shown within Scotland
OS grid referenceNO225189
Coordinates56.36°N 3.25°W / 56.36; -3.25
Physical geography
Island groupRiver Tay
Area32 ha
Highest elevation4 m
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaFife


Mugdrum is low-lying and reedy, with the "North Deep" and "South Deep" channels on either side of the island. It covers an area of 32 acres (130,000 m2).[3]


Mugdrum's name is from muc-dhruim, the Scottish Gaelic for hog-back. However, this was applied to the coast opposite, which part it was named for.[3]

The reeds were once harvested for thatching and for protecting potatoes during transshipment. Until 1926, a 50-acre (200,000 m2) farm grew cereals, potatoes and turnips in the island's alluvial soil. It is now a nature reserve under the stewardship of the Tay Valley Wildfowlers' Association.

The Laing Museum in Newburgh preserves the stuffed body of a two-headed kitten born in the 19th century on Mugdrum.

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