Eileanan Iasgaich

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Eileanan Iasgaich
Eileanan Iasgaich is located in Outer Hebrides
Eileanan Iasgaich
Eileanan Iasgaich
Eileanan Iasgaich shown within the Outer Hebrides
OS grid reference NF789184
Gaelic name Eileanan Iasgaich Mòr
Meaning of name fishing island
Physical Geography
Island group Uists & Barra
Area 50 ha
Area rank 199=[1]
Highest elevation 20 m
Political Geography
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Na h-Eileanan Siar
Population 0[2]
References >[3][4]

Na h-Eileanan Iasgaich comprise a small uninhabited archipelago in Loch Boisdale, in the south east of the island of South Uist, in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The individual islands are separated from one another at high tide, but connected to one another at low tide, (although not to their much larger neighbour of South Uist). They are around 50 ha in extent and over 20m at their highest point. Their boundaries are ill defined.[3]

Geography and geology[edit]

The islands have a thin soil and a Lewisian gneiss bedrock.[3]

Their name means "fishing islands" in Scottish Gaelic because they increase greatly in size at low tide, creating a number of fish traps and homes for edible crustaceans.[3]

There are five main islands in the group -

  • Eileanan Iasgaich Mòr - Great fishing island
  • Eileanan Iasgaich Meadhonach - Middling fishing island
  • Eileanan Iasgaich Beag - Little fishing island
  • Eilean nam Feannag
  • Eilean Bàgh Mhic Rois.


  1. ^ Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands >20ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
  2. ^ National Records of Scotland (15 August 2013) (pdf) Statistical Bulletin: 2011 Census: First Results on Population and Household Estimates for Scotland - Release 1C (Part Two). "Appendix 2: Population and households on Scotland’s inhabited islands". Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey. Get-a-map (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure. http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/getamap/. Retrieved 21 August 2013.

Coordinates: 57°08′38″N 7°18′39″W / 57.14381°N 7.31088°W / 57.14381; -7.31088