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Gaelic name Gioghaigh
Meaning of name Old Norse: Gydha's island
OS grid reference NF764049
Coordinates 57°01′N 7°20′W / 57.02°N 7.33°W / 57.02; -7.33
Physical geography
Island group Uists and Barra
Area 96 ha (240 acres)
Area rank 152 
Highest elevation Mullach a' Charnain 95 m (312 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Na h-Eileanan Siar
Population 0
The harbour near Gioghaigh

Gighay (Scottish Gaelic Gioghaigh) an uninhabited island off the northeast coast of Barra. It is one of ten islands in the Sound of Barra, a Site of Community Importance for conservation in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

Geography and geology

Gighay lies in the Sound of Barra between Barra and Eriskay, 2 12 miles (4 kilometres) southwest of Fuday. One of a string of islands between South Uist and Barra, Gighay is "locked" into its neighbour Hellisay, with a harbour between. It is mainly gneiss with quartz veins. Gighay has an area of 96 hectares (240 acres) and rises steeply to 95 metres (312 feet).

Gighay is owned by the Scottish Ministers (the government).

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