|Meaning of name||Old Norse: Gydha's island|
Gighay shown within the Outer Hebrides
|OS grid reference|
|Island group||Uists and Barra|
|Area||96 hectares (0.37 sq mi)|
|Area rank||152 |
|Highest elevation||Mullach a' Charnain 95 metres (312 ft)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Council area||Na h-Eileanan Siar|
Geography and geology
Gighay lies in the Sound of Barra between Barra and Eriskay, 2.5 miles (4.0 km) southwest of Fuday. One of a string of islands between South Uist and Barra, Gighay is "locked" into its neighbour Hellisay, with a harbour between. It is mainly gneiss with quartz veins. Gighay has an area of 96 hectares (0.37 sq mi) and rises steeply to 95 metres (312 ft).
- Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands over 20 ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
- 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.
- Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.
- Ordnance Survey. OS Maps Online (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure.
- "Overview of Gighay". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2007-12-15.
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