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Gaelic name Sursaigh
Meaning of name Possibly Old Norse for 'sour island'.
OS grid reference NF957760
Coordinates 57°40′23″N 7°06′18″W / 57.673°N 7.105°W / 57.673; -7.105
Physical geography
Island group Uists and Barra
Area 30 ha (74 acres)
Area rank 247 
Highest elevation 27 m (89 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Na h-Eileanan Siar
Population 0

Sursaigh (Scottish Gaelic: Sursaigh) is an island off North Uist in the Sound of Harris, Scotland. It lies 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) northeast of the village of Lochmaddy and there are numerous nearby islands including Stromay, Sgarabhaigh and Tahay.

The island has "a patchy cover of glacial deposits."

Airigh na h-Aon Oidhche (one-night shieling) is a ruined hut on the south side of the island. It is said that in the late 19th century a shepherd who was staying on the island was awakened by the sound of gulls and his frightened dog. Rushing outside he saw "an enoromous cartwheel in the sky making a strange noise". He fled the island and never returned.

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