Wiay, Uist

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For other places with the same name, see Wiay (disambiguation).
Wiay
Location
Wiay is located in Outer Hebrides
Wiay
Wiay
Wiay shown within the Outer Hebrides
OS grid reference NF873459
Names
Gaelic name Bhuia/Fuidheigh
Area and summit
Area 375 ha (927 acres)
Area rank 78=[1]
Highest elevation Beinn a' Tuath 102 m (335 ft)
Population
Population 0[2]
Groupings
Island group Outer Hebrides
Local Authority Na h-Eileanan Siar
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References [3][4][5]

Wiay (Scottish Gaelic: Bhuia or Fuidheigh) is an uninhabited island in the Outer Hebrides.

Wiay from the air with Peter's Port on Eilean na Cille in the foreground

It lies south-east of Benbecula and measures approximately 930 acres (1½ sq. miles). The Eileanan Chearabhaigh lie to the north beyond Loch a' Laip.

In the 18th century Bonnie Prince Charlie is said to have hidden in a cave on the island after the Battle of Culloden.[6] Wiay was reported to have six inhabitants in 1861, but has been deserted since 1901.

In 2013 the island was put up for sale at a reported price of £500,000.[6]

References[edit]

  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. ^ General Register Office for Scotland (28 November 2003) Scotland's Census 2001 – Occasional Paper No 10: Statistics for Inhabited Islands. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  3. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey
  5. ^ "Overview of Wiay". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 
  6. ^ a b "Bonnie Scottish island is all yours for princely £500,000" (8 July 2013) Glasgow: The Herald.

Coordinates: 57°24′5″N 7°12′14″W / 57.40139°N 7.20389°W / 57.40139; -7.20389