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Tahay is located in Outer Hebrides
Tahay shown within the Outer Hebrides
OS grid reference NF965755
Gaelic name Taghaigh
Norse name Tagg-øy
Meaning of name island with a prominent hill
Physical geography
Island group Uists & Barra
Area 53 ha (131 acres)
Area rank 196= [1]
Highest elevation 65m (215 ft)
Political geography
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Na h-Eileanan Siar
Population 0
References [2][3][4]

Tahay (Scottish Gaelic: Taghaigh) is an island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The name originates from the Old Norse tagg-øy meaning island with a prominent hill. At 53 ha in area and with a central peak of 65 metres, it is the largest of the group of uninhabited islands off the north east coast of North Uist.

The island is used for sheep grazing and peat cutting.


In 1846, six families who had been evicted from their homes on Pabbay to make way for sheep, moved to the previously uninhabited island of Tahay. Although the island has no arable land, they hoped to make a living from fishing. However this proved too hard and they gave up the struggle in the 1850s and emigrated to Australia.[5]

Tahay is owned by the Scottish Government.


  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. ^ 2001 UK Census per List of islands of Scotland
  3. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey
  5. ^ "Overview of Tahay". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 

Coordinates: 57°40′00″N 7°05′30″W / 57.66668°N 7.09176°W / 57.66668; -7.09176