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Meaning of namerock
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Mingay is located in Highland
Mingay shown within Highland
OS grid referenceNG2230357686
CoordinatesCoordinates: 57°31′27″N 6°38′20″W / 57.52417°N 6.63889°W / 57.52417; -6.63889
Physical geography
Island groupSkye
Highest elevation32m[1]
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaHighland

Mingay is an islet in the Inner Hebrides off Skye and Isay.

Together with Isay and Loch Dunvegan, it is designated as a Special Area of Conservation owing to the breeding colonies of the common seal.

Geography and geology[edit]

The island's rock is basaltic lava with shale and quartzite.[2]

Mingay is in eastern part of Loch Dunvegan. It is due south of Ardmore Point and west of Waternish, both on Skye. It also looks south to the Skye mountain Beinn Bhreac, and to the south east, Sgeir nam Biast.


The island's name is Old Norse in origin, which is in turn the origin of many of the placenames on nearby Skye, as well as the name of Isay, and the neighbouring Clett (Scottish Gaelic: Cleit from Old Norse klettr, meaning a rock.)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mingay". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  2. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.

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