Wiay, Uist

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For other places with the same name, see Wiay (disambiguation).
Wiay is located in Outer Hebrides
Wiay shown within the Outer Hebrides
OS grid reference NF873459
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 0[2]
Island group Outer Hebrides
Local Authority Na h-Eileanan Siar
Flag of Scotland.svg Lymphad3.svg
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]


  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