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Tahay
Gaelic name Taghaigh
Norse name Tagg-øy
Meaning of name island with a prominent hill
OS grid reference NF965755
Coordinates 57°40′N 7°05′W / 57.67°N 7.09°W / 57.67; -7.09
Physical geography
Island group Uists & Barra
Area 53 ha (130 acres)
Area rank 196= 
Highest elevation 65 m (213 ft)
Administration
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Na h-Eileanan Siar
Demographics
Population 0
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Tahay (Scottish Gaelic: Taghaigh) is an island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The name originates from the Old Norse tagg-øy meaning island with a prominent hill. At 53 hectares (130 acres) in area and with a central peak of 65 metres (213 ft), it is the largest of the group of uninhabited islands off the north east coast of North Uist.

The island is used for sheep grazing and peat cutting.

History

In 1846, six families who had been evicted from their homes on Pabbay to make way for sheep, moved to the previously uninhabited island of Tahay. Although the island has no arable land, they hoped to make a living from fishing. However this proved too hard and they gave up the struggle in the 1850s and emigrated to Australia.

Tahay is owned by the Scottish Government.

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