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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
Coordinates 57°01′N 7°20′W / 57.02°N 7.33°W / 57.02; -7.33
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)
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 over 20 ha 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. OS Maps Online (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure. 
  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