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Eileanan Iasgaich

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Gaelic name  Eileanan Iasgaich Mòr
OS grid reference  NF789184
Highest elevation  20 m
Area  50 ha
Council area  Outer Hebrides
Meaning of name  fishing island
Area rank  199=
Sovereign state  United Kingdom
Island group  Outer Hebrides
Lieutenancy area  Outer Hebrides
Eileanan Iasgaich

Na h-Eileanan Iasgaich comprise a small uninhabited archipelago in Loch Boisdale, in the south east of the island of South Uist, in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The individual islands are separated from one another at high tide, but connected to one another at low tide, (although not to their much larger neighbour of South Uist). They are around 50 ha in extent and over 20m at their highest point. Their boundaries are ill defined.


Map of Eileanan Iasgaich, United Kingdom

Geography and geology

The islands have a thin soil and a Lewisian gneiss bedrock.

Their name means "fishing islands" in Scottish Gaelic because they increase greatly in size at low tide, creating a number of fish traps and homes for edible crustaceans.

There are five main islands in the group -

  • Eileanan Iasgaich Mòr - Great fishing island
  • Eileanan Iasgaich Meadhonach - Middling fishing island
  • Eileanan Iasgaich Beag - Little fishing island
  • Eilean nam Feannag
  • Eilean Bàgh Mhic Rois.
  • References

    Eileanan Iasgaich Wikipedia

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