Lucky Sgarabhaigh Sixpence

Share this article

A special coin created for the uninhabited island of Sgarabhaigh is proving a good luck charm for those who receive it.

The island in the Sound of Harris attracted attention in 2009 when a smoker of 40 years marooned himself on the island as rehab from his habit.

Owned by Dave Hill, Sgarabhaigh has its very own currency in the shape of the Sgarabhaigh Sixpence produced as part of the wider project to conserve and share the island with others.

Dave explained that though it may be a coincidence, many of those receiving the coin have reported good luck.

A friend in Australia who received the coin after helping Dave with publicity couldn’t believe his luck in the days that followed.

On the day it arrived, his house which had been on the market for more than two years was sold; he received a tax rebate from the Government which he had no idea about; and received two new contracts for his business.

“I know that there may be some people who would say that it’s just coincidence,” said the friend. “But I am sure that these things happening in such a short space of time proves there is more to it! I thank you again for the coin and I’s sure that good luck comes with it and I wish everyone the same good fortune.”

Another friend of the island said they received a totally unexpected gift just before the coin arrived.

Another lady also received a surprise present after ordering a Sgarabhaigh Sixpence.

The coin was specially designed for the island and is based on the silver sixpence produced by James VI of Scotland (1588-1625) and also James I (1603-25) the first King to unite the crowns of Scotland and England. The coin features ecological aspects of the project with a Cormorant and also a seal and a dolphin on one side.

It also features the motto of the island in Gaelic ‘Lean bhur ashlig’ ‘Follow your dreams’.

On the opposite side is a Shield, replicating the original coin. Within the shield are the historic links to different clans and reference to the owner’s own family heritage.

For further information on the project and the Sgarabhaigh Sixpence, visit