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Gaelic name Pabaigh
Norse name Papey
Meaning of name Island of the papar
OS grid reference NF888876
Coordinates 57°46′N 7°14′W / 57.77°N 07.23°W / 57.77; -07.23
Physical geography
Island group Uists and Barra
Area 820 ha (3 18 sq mi)
Area rank 60 
Highest elevation Beinn a' Chàrnain, 196 m (643 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Na h-Eileanan Siar
Population 0

Pabbay (Scottish Gaelic: Pabaigh) is an uninhabited island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland which lies in the Sound of Harris between Harris and North Uist. The name comes from Papey, which is Norse for "Island of the papar (Culdee)".

Pabbay and boat

The island was once very fertile, supporting a three-figure population and exporting corn, barley and illicit whisky. Most of the stewards of St. Kilda were Pabbay men. The island was cleared for sheep in 1846. Pabbay is traditionally a home of Clan Morrison.

Pabbay lies within the South Lewis, Harris and North Uist National Scenic Area, one of 40 such areas in Scotland which are defined so as to identify areas of exceptional scenery and to ensure its protection from inappropriate development.

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