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Gaelic name Siolaigh
Norse name selr-øy
Meaning of name seal island
Shillay is located in Outer Hebrides
Shillay shown within the Outer Hebrides
OS grid reference NF880913
Coordinates 57°48′N 7°15′W / 57.80°N 7.25°W / 57.80; -7.25
Physical geography
Island group Uists and Barra
Area 47 ha (116 acres)
Area rank 208 [1]
Highest elevation 79 m (259 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Na h-Eileanan Siar
Population 0[2]
References [3][4]
For the other Scottish island, see Shillay, Monach Islands. For the Royal Navy HMT Shillay, see Isles class trawler.

Shillay (Scottish Gaelic: Siolaigh) is an uninhabited island which lies 2 km north of Pabbay in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

The name is derived from the Norse selr-øy meaning seal island and is a Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve owing to its international importance for breeding grey seals.

There is no record or evidence that it has ever seen human habitation.


  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. ^ 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. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 

Coordinates: 57°48′08″N 7°15′15″W / 57.80220°N 7.25415°W / 57.80220; -7.25415