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Not to be confused with Gigha.
Gaelic name Gioghaigh
Meaning of name Old Norse: Gydha's island
Gighay is located in Outer Hebrides
Gighay shown within the Outer Hebrides
OS grid reference NF764049
Physical geography
Island group Uists and Barra
Area 96 hectares (0.37 sq mi)
Area rank 152 [1]
Highest elevation Mullach a' Charnain 95 metres (312 ft)
Political geography
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Na h-Eileanan Siar
Population 0
References [2][3][4]
The harbour near Gioghaigh

Gighay (Scottish Gaelic Gioghaigh) is one of a group of uninhabited islands off the northeast coast of Barra in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

Geography and geology[edit]

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.[3] Gighay has an area of 96 hectares (0.37 sq mi) and rises steeply to 95 metres (312 ft).

Gighay is owned by the Scottish Ministers (the government).[5]


  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 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. Ordinance Survey. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Overview of Gighay". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 

Coordinates: 57°1′15″N 7°20′0″W / 57.02083°N 7.33333°W / 57.02083; -7.33333