Wiay, Skye

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Gaelic name Bhuia/Fuidheigh
Meaning of name possibly yellow or pleasant island
Wiay shown relative to Skye
OS grid reference NG292363
Physical geography
Island group Skye
Area 148 ha (366 acres)
Area rank 123 [1]
Highest elevation 60 m (197 ft)
Political geography
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Highland
Population 0[2]
References [3][4]
Wiay cliffs

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

Wiay lies west of the Isle of Skye, 1.4 kilometres (0.87 mi) off the Skye coast, near the village of Ullinish. It is the largest island in Loch Bracadale, with an area of 148 hectares (0.57 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 >20ha 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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. 5.0 5.1 "Wiay". Lonely-isles.com. Retrieved 2007-08-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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