Friday photo: How many Pabbays?!

Pabbay Island and the Sound of Harris from Bosival, LeverburghThis Friday’s image is taken from Bosival at Leveburgh looking out over the sound of Harris to Pabbay.  Pabbay comes from the Norse “Papey” meaning island of the papar i.e. monks.

The Outer Hebrides has three islands called Pabbay, all of which are now uninhabited.  This one in the Sound of Harris  once supported a three-figure population (cheers wikipedia) but was cleared in 1846.  The Pabbay in the Barra Isles is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland and is a haven for nesting birds; and a third Pabbay is situated near Lochboisdale in South Uist.

About David Powell

Project Manager and Archivist with Tasglann nan Eilean Siar
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