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Grimsay
Grimsay
(Scottish Gaelic: Griomasaigh) is a tidal island in the Outer Hebrides
Hebrides
of Scotland.

Contents

1 Geography 2 Inhabitants 3 History 4 Footnotes

Geography[edit] Grimsay
Grimsay
is the largest of the low-lying stepping-stones which convey the Oitir Mhòr (North Ford) causeway, a five-mile arc of single track road linking North Uist
Uist
and Benbecula
Benbecula
via the western tip of Grimsay.[6] Until it opened in 1960,[7] a ferry linked Carinish
Carinish
(on North Uist) with Gramsdale (on Benbecula), but could only operate at high tide.[8] There was also a ford which could only be crossed close to low water, usually only with a guide.[8] For significant parts of each day the North Ford was too wet to ford and not wet enough to cross by ferry.[8] East of Grimsay
Grimsay
lie several smaller islands including Ronay
Ronay
which was inhabited until 1931.[3] Inhabitants[edit] The island's population was 169 as recorded by the 2011 census[2] a drop of over 15% since 2001 when there were 201 usual residents.[9] During the same period Scottish island populations as a whole grew by 4% to 103,702.[10] The main settlements are Baymore (Bàgh Mòr) and Kallin (Ceallan) at the eastern end of the island. Grimsay
Grimsay
has a harbour at Kallin, which is the base to a sizeable shellfish industry,[6] the island's main industry, mostly for lobster, prawns and scallops. Also in Kallin is The Boatshed, a marine repair facility which promotes traditional skills, and employs a full-time boatbuilder and trainee.[11] Three generations of Stewart family built as many as 1000 boats from three sheds on Grimsay.[11] Grimsay
Grimsay
is encircled by a single-track road that links most of the island's small croft and fishing settlements together. History[edit] There is a fine example of an Iron-Age
Iron-Age
wheelhouse on the northeast coast of the island at Bagh nam Feadag.[12] It is one of the best examples of a wheelhouse on North Uist
Uist
but does not appear on Ordnance Survey maps.[13]

Bagh Mòr on Grimsay, with Ronay
Ronay
in distance

A wheelhouse on Grimsay

Footnotes[edit]

^ a b Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands over 20 ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census. ^ a b c National Records of Scotland
Scotland
(15 August 2013) (pdf) Statistical Bulletin: 2011 Census: First Results on Population and Household Estimates for Scotland
Scotland
- Release 1C (Part Two). "Appendix 2: Population and households on Scotland’s inhabited islands". Retrieved 17 August 2013. ^ a b c Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.  ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 22 Benbecula
Benbecula
& South Uist (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2008. ISBN 9780319226223.  ^ Mac an Tàilleir, Iain (2003) Ainmean-àite/Placenames. (pdf) Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. Retrieved 26 August 2012. ^ a b "Overview of Grimsay". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 22 July 2007.  ^ Sullivan, Mike; Sullivan, Mike; Pickering, Timothy (2010). The Outer Hebrides: Sea Kayaking Around the Isles & St Kilda. ISBN 9781906095093.  ^ a b c "Feature Page: Grimsay". Undiscovered Scotland. Retrieved 22 July 2007.  ^ General Register Office for Scotland
Scotland
(28 November 2003) Scotland's Census 2001 – Occasional Paper No 10: Statistics for Inhabited Islands. Retrieved 26 February 2012. ^ "Scotland's 2011 census: Island living on the rise". BBC News. Retrieved 18 August 2013.  ^ a b "The Grimsay
Grimsay
Boatshed". acrosstheminch.org. Retrieved 17 December 2013.  ^ " Grimsay
Grimsay
Wheelhouse". Alasdair McKenzie. Retrieved 30 November 2009.  ^ " Grimsay
Grimsay
Wheelhouse". Outer Hebrides
Outer Hebrides
Tourism Industry Association. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 

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Flora

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Coordinates: 57°29′31″N 7°14′39″W / 57.49194°N 7.24417°W / 57.491

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