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Ensay


(Easaigh)

A significant island in the Sound of Harris, Ensay (Gael: Easaigh) lies to the north of Killegray 2 miles (3 km) west of Leverburgh on Harris. The island rises to 49m (160 feet) and extends to 186 ha (460 acres). Until the 1970s, it supported a small number of people who were latterly associated with the seasonal grazing of sheep. Although the island is still used in the summer for grazing, there is now no permanent resident population. The Edwardian Ensay House, once home to the Stewart family, was renovated in 1991 as holiday accommodation. To the north is the 12th-century Christ Church chapel, also renovated, and occasionally used for services by the Scottish Episcopal Church. There is a small jetty on the southeast shore of the island.


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