The pre-Norse Gaelic name, as recorded by Adomnán was Airthrago or Arthràigh, meaning 'foreshore island', similar to the derivation of Erraid.
The current usually resident population is 2, down from 9 in 2001.

By Gisela Williams. There is here a description of an extraordinary family dynasty with all its heart breaking ups and downs but what comes through the tapestry of this memoir in the end is both a literary gem of genuine humanity. Eilean Shona nestles in a tranquil loch on the dramatic west coast of Scotland and is a car free wilderness heaven.
Vanessa Branson has extensive experience as an hotelier and has created a retreat that combines the luxury of a boutique hotel and the charm of a family home. THERE is a moment in her memoir where Vanessa Branson is describing how she came to be the reluctant owner of a Scottish island. Eilean Shona House overlooks Riska and Castle Tioram. Our cottages are perfect for romantic escapes or family adventures and were rated some of Britain’s Top Holiday Cottages by The Sunday Times. Vanessa Branson renovates her personal sanctuary in the Inner Hebrides into a retreat for guests who want to detach and detox from the modern world. Days are filled with cooking and drinking around camp fires, wild swimming, reading, hiking, picnicking, kayaking, nature watching, and generally pottering about. Eilean Shona House is the jewel in the island’s crown. Mother-of-four says the admission of his infidelity came out of the blue, while at their farmhouse in Sussex. It is Scotland’s own answer to the luxury of Necker island, owned by billionaire entrepreneur Branson’s sister. Vanessa Branson (born 1959) is an English entrepreneur, who is the sister of Richard Branson.She is the founder of the Marrakech Biennale.. Branson founded the Vanessa Devereux Gallery (1986 -91) in Portobello Road, London where she showed a number of emerging artists including William Kentridge’s UK debut exhibition. Semaine: And now your beam is shining a bit more towards Scotland...Eilean Shona… Vanessa: I’ve just bought out my former partner, we’ve owned it for 22 years and it was our family fun place, now I own one hundred percent of it and there’s a sort of competitive nature in me that wants it to become really really amazing, it’s not my sweeter side. Vanessa Branson interview: ‘Richard was treated very badly.

Vanessa Branson has penned a memoir about discovering her husband Robert's affair. THERE is a moment in her memoir where Vanessa Branson is describing how she came to be the reluctant owner of a Scottish island. Vanessa Branson describes with careful insight the love she has of her family and celebrates her brothers love of life, her sisters wit, her mothers brave energy and her fathers wisdom. Vanessa Branson and Robert Devereux purchased the island in 1995 for around £1.3 million. Morocco to Scotland – steal design ideas from Vanessa Branson’s two magical hideways Unlikely as it sounds, today’s post about Vanessa Branson’s two very different holiday escapes is woven together by the common theme of the Beni Ouarain rug . Other isles in the loch include Riska Island, Eilean an Fhèidh and Eilean Tioram. Vanessa Branson is a champion of global cultural and ecological initiatives and is frequently sought after as a keynote speaker and event chair. An Idyllic Hotel on a Remote Island Off Scotland That Inspired Peter Pan.