Place:


Soay  Inverness Shire

 

In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Soay like this:

Soay, an island of Bracadale parish, Skye, Inverness-shire, lying SW of Loch Scavaig, and S of Minginish, from which it is separated by a strait, called Soay Sound, 5¾ furlongs to 1 3/8 mile wide. The island is 3 miles long from NE to SW, and 1 7/8 mile in extreme breadth; but it is nearly bisected by two bays, indenting it on opposite sides. ...


Its surface is low and broken, and nowhere rises to an elevation of more than 455 feet; and its coast is bold and rocky, and generally presents to the surge perpendicular cliffs of 60 or 70 feet in height. Its rocks present an alternation of red sandstone and greywacke traversed by trap. Pop. (1841) 113, (1861) 129, (1871) 120, (1881) 102.

Soay through time

Soay is now part of Highland district. Click here for graphs and data of how Highland has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Soay itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Soay, in Highland and Inverness Shire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.

URL: http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/place/22401

Date accessed: 05th December 2021


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