Grimsay (South East Benbecula)

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Gaelic name Griomasaigh
Norse name Grímsey
Meaning of name "Grim's island", from Norse
Grimsay is located in Outer Hebrides
Grimsay shown within the Outer Hebrides
OS grid reference NF831473
Physical geography
Island group Uist and Barra
Area 117 ha (0.45 sq mi)[1]
Area rank 142 [2]
Highest elevation 20 m (66 ft)
Political geography
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Na h-Eileanan Siar
Population 20[3]
Population rank 65 [2]
Population density 17 people/km2[1][3]
References [4][5]
An unusual abandoned building on Grimsay

Grimsay, south east of Benbecula is a tidal island of the Outer Hebrides. It is connected to Benbecula by a causeway which carries the B891. In the 2001 census, Grimsay had a population of 19[1] and 20 in 2011.[3]

An extension to the B891 now connects Grimsay to Eilean na Cille to the south east via a causeway. The road was built at a cost of £1,800 to service the pier at Peter's Port, which was constructed in 1896 at cost of £2,000 - although the anchorage is awkward and should not be used without local knowledge.[6]

File:Eilean na Cille.jpg
Eilean na Cille, Triallabreac and Wiay east of Grimsay from the air, with Peter's Port at right


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fleming, Alan D (28 Nov 2003). "Occasional Paper No 10: Statistics for Inhabited Islands". General Register Office for Scotland. Retrieved 2007-08-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands >20ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 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.
  4. Ordnance Survey. Get-a-map (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure. Ordinance Survey. Retrieved 21 August 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  5. Mac an Tàilleir, Iain (2003) Ainmean-àite/Placenames. (pdf) Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  6. Haswell-Smith (2004) pp. 243, 250


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