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Gaelic name Rainish Eilean Mòr
Meaning of name large island of Rainish
OS grid reference NB386280
Coordinates 58°09′49″N 6°26′24″W / 58.1637°N 6.44°W / 58.1637; -6.44
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Physical geography
Island group Freshwater
Area 27 ha (67 acres)
Highest elevation 70 m (230 ft)
Administration
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Na h-Eileanan Siar
Demographics
Population 0
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Orasaigh
Loch Orasaigh and Rainish Eilean Mòr with the hills of Harris beyond.

Coordinates: 58°9′41″N 6°26′43″W / 58.16139°N 6.44528°W / 58.16139; -6.44528 Rainish Eilean Mòr is an uninhabited island in Loch Orasaigh, north of the village of Leurbost in the area of South Lochs on the Isle of Lewis, Lewis and Harris. At 27 hectares (67 acres) in extent, it is one of Scotland's larger freshwater islands, but it is probably the largest relative to the size of the body of water in which it sits, Loch Orasaigh being only about 125 hectares (310 acres) in area.

The entirety of the loch has been an SSSI since 1983 and the island's perimeter and the neighbouring islet to the south west have woodland cover including the species of Rowan, Aspen, Downy Birch, Grey Willow and Sallow Willow. The underlying geology is Lewisian Gneiss overlain by peaty podzols and gleys.

The Gaelic name of the island, means "large island of Rainish" and is taken from the surrounding area, which itself means "Roe deer headland", from Old Norse.

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