Grimsay (Scottish Gaelic: Griomasaigh) is a tidal island in the Outer
Hebrides of Scotland.
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
Benbecula via the western tip of
Grimsay. Until it opened in 1960, a ferry linked
North Uist) with Gramsdale (on Benbecula), but could only operate at
high tide. There was also a ford which could only be crossed close
to low water, usually only with a guide. For significant parts of
each day the North Ford was too wet to ford and not wet enough to
cross by ferry. East of
Grimsay lie several smaller islands
Ronay which was inhabited until 1931.
The island's population was 169 as recorded by the 2011 census a
drop of over 15% since 2001 when there were 201 usual residents.
During the same period Scottish island populations as a whole grew by
4% to 103,702. The main settlements are Baymore (Bàgh Mòr) and
Kallin (Ceallan) at the eastern end of the island.
Grimsay has a
harbour at Kallin, which is the base to a sizeable shellfish
industry, 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. Three generations of Stewart family built as many as
1000 boats from three sheds on Grimsay.
Grimsay is encircled by a
single-track road that links most of the island's small croft and
fishing settlements together.
There is a fine example of an
Iron-Age wheelhouse on the northeast
coast of the island at Bagh nam Feadag. It is one of the best
examples of a wheelhouse on North
Uist but does not appear on Ordnance
Bagh Mòr on Grimsay, with
Ronay in distance
A wheelhouse on Grimsay
^ 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 (15 August 2013) (pdf)
Statistical Bulletin: 2011 Census: First Results on Population and
Household Estimates for
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 & 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
^ Sullivan, Mike; Sullivan, Mike; Pickering, Timothy (2010). The Outer
Hebrides: Sea Kayaking Around the Isles & St Kilda.
^ a b c "Feature Page: Grimsay". Undiscovered Scotland. Retrieved 22
^ General Register Office for
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 Boatshed". acrosstheminch.org. Retrieved 17
Grimsay Wheelhouse". Alasdair McKenzie. Retrieved 30 November
Outer Hebrides Tourism Industry Association.
Retrieved 17 December 2013.
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Coordinates: 57°29′31″N 7°14′39″W / 57.49194°N
7.24417°W / 57.491