Wiay, Inner Hebrides

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Wiay (Gaelic: Bhuia or Fuidheigh) is a currently uninhabited island in Loch Bracadale in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

Scottish Gaelic nameBhuia/Fuidheigh
Meaning of namepossibly yellow or pleasant island
Wiay Loch Bracadale 02.jpg
Wiay is located in Isle of Skye
Wiay shown relative to Skye
OS grid referenceNG292363
Coordinates57°20′N 6°30′W / 57.34°N 6.5°W / 57.34; -6.5
Physical geography
Island groupSkye
Area148 ha (366 acres)
Area rank123 [1]
Highest elevation60 m (197 ft)
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaHighland
Wiay cliffs

Wiay lies west of the Isle of Skye, 1.4 kilometres (78 mi) off the Skye coast, near the village of Ullinish. It is the largest island in Loch Bracadale, with an area of 148 hectares (58 sq mi). Most of the coastline consists of vertical cliffs and the southern bluff is a striking overhanging cliff.[5] There are also several sea caves along the vertical cliff coast line.

The island has been uninhabited since the late 19th century.


Wiay relative to Skye

There are two large herring gull colonies on the island.[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). "Appendix 2: Population and households on Scotland's Inhabited Islands" (PDF). Statistical Bulletin: 2011 Census: First Results on Population and Household Estimates for Scotland Release 1C (Part Two) (PDF) (Report). SG/2013/126. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  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.
  5. ^ a b "Wiay". Lonely-isles.com. Retrieved 25 August 2007.

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Coordinates: 57°20.3′N 6°30′W / 57.3383°N 6.500°W / 57.3383; -6.500