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Eileanan Chearabhaigh

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Gaelic name  Eileanan Chearabhaigh
Island group  Uist
Sovereign state  United Kingdom
Area  49 ha
Lieutenancy area  Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
OS grid reference  NF866476
Highest elevation  c. 23 metres (75 ft)
Country  Scotland
Council area  Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Eileanan Chearabhaigh

Eileanan Chearabhaigh is a collection of small uninhabited tidal islands off the south east coast of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The English language name Keiravagh Islands is sometimes used.

Map of Eileanan Chearabhaigh, Isle of Benbecula, UK

Bounded by the tidal waters of Loch Chearabhaigh to the north and Loch a' Laip to the south, the land area of the group defies a simple description. At low tide the islands form a peninsula with a total area of about 50 hectares (120 acres), which is connected to Benbecula by drying sands. At high tide the connection to Benbecula is lost and a number of small islets stretching for over 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from east to west appear, the largest of which is about 31 hectares (77 acres) in extent. None of these individual islets are named by the Ordnance Survey. Argyll Yacht Charters supply a table of islands statistics that list the "Kiervagh islands" as being 49 hectares (120 acres) in extent, although the method of measurement is not explicit.

The uninhabited island of Wiay lies to the south and fish farming is undertaken in the productive waters of Loch a' Laip and Loch Chearabhaigh. Loch a' Laip also provides shelter for visiting water craft but the area is strewn with rocks and skerries. There is a pier on Benbecula served by a track at the western end of Eileanan Chearabhaigh and another to the south at Eilean na Cille, although their use without local knowledge is not advised.

References

Eileanan Chearabhaigh Wikipedia


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