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Gaelic name Bhàlaigh
Meaning of name hill island
Vallay is located in Outer Hebrides
Vallay shown within the Outer Hebrides
OS grid reference NF769763
Coordinates 57°39′38″N 7°25′09″W / 57.660690°N 7.419152°W / 57.660690; -7.419152
Physical geography
Island group Outer Hebrides
Area 260 hectares (1.00 sq mi)
Area rank 94 [1]
Highest elevation 38 metres (125 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Population 0[2]
References [3][4]

Vallay (Scottish Gaelic: Bhàlaigh) is an uninhabited tidal island in the Scottish Outer Hebrides. It is linked to North Uist by a long beach at low tide.

Southeast coast of Vallay seen from Solas.
The abandoned house of Erskine Beveridge in July 2004

Once the island supported a population of nearly sixty people, its best-known inhabitant was the archaeologist Erskine Beveridge. The island is also known for its sea birds and for prehistoric monuments.

It is the smallest Scottish island to have an area greater than 1 square mile (2.59 square kilometres).


  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. ^ Ordnance Survey. OS Maps Online (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure.
  4. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004) The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh. Canongate.

Coordinates: 57°39′42″N 7°24′24″W / 57.66167°N 7.40671°W / 57.66167; -7.40671