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Boreray


(Boraraigh)

The uninhabited island of Boreray (Gael: Boraraigh) is one of the St. Kilda group of islands that lie 52 miles (83 km) west of South Harris in the Western Isles. Situated 3 miles (5 km) northeast of Hirta, this island is little more than a rock outlier surrounded by steep cliffs that are home to great numbers of nesting sea birds. Owned by the National Trust for Scotland, it is a mile (1.6 km) in length (north to south), a half-mile (1 km) wide, has an area of 76.5 ha (189 acres) and reaches a maximum height of 384m (1260 feet) at Mullach an Eilein.

The island gives its name to a rare breed of sheep, which emerged through accidental breeding in the 19th century. These sheep are small and hardy, with dense brown wool. Many sheep remained when the islanders were evacuated from the archipelago in the 1930s and the residual population is feral.

The rock tower of Stac an Armin lies to the north, with Stac Lee to the west.


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