Scalpay, Outer Hebrides

Scalpay, Outer Hebrides

Infobox Scottish island
celtic name=Sgalpaigh Na Hearadh/Sgalpaidh
norse name=
meaning of name=Ship Island
area= 653 ha
area rank= 66
highest elevation=Beinn Scorabhaig 104 m
population rank=26
main settlement=An Acarsaid a Tuath (North Harbour)
island group=Lewis and Harris
local authority=Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
references= [2001 UK Census per List of islands of Scotland] Haswell-Smith] [cite map| url=| title=1:50,000| publisher=Ordnance Survey] [cite web| url=| title=Pàrlamaid na h-Alba placenames| accessdate=2007-07-21]

Scalpay (Scottish Gaelic: "Sgalpaigh", also "Sgalpaigh na Hearadh" (of Harris) to distinguish it from the other Scalpay) is an island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.


Scalpay is around 2.5 miles (4 km) long and rises to a height of 341 ft (104 m) at Beinn Scorabhaig. Scalpay's nearest neighbour, Harris is just 330 yds (300 m) away over narrow Caolas Scalpaigh. The two islands were linked in 1997 by a bridge that replaced the ferry service. The main settlement on the island is at the north, near the bridge, clustered around An Acairseid a Tuath (North Harbour).

The island is peppered with small lochans. The largest of these is Loch an Duin ("Loch of the Fort") which has a tiny island in it, with the remains of a fort still visible.

In 2001, the island had a population of 322 people, whose main employment is fish farming and prawn fishing.

The area of Scalpay is 2.5 square miles.

Eilean Glas, a tiny peninsula on Scalpay's eastern shore is home to the first lighthouse to be built in the Outer Hebrides.

ee also

* Ailein duinn


* [ Island website]

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