Garbh Eilean

(Rough Island)

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Garv-Eilan or Garbh-Eilean, the north-westernmost of the three Shiant Isles in the Outer Hebrides, Rossshire, in the North Minch, 4¼ miles ESE of the nearest point of the Lewis, and 21 S of Stornoway. Triangular in shape, it has an utmost length and breadth of 7½ and 3 furlongs; is separated from Ellan-na-Kelly only by a neck of rolled pebbles, commonly dry, except at a concurrence of spring tide and tempestuous wind; has a surface diversified with hollows and declivities; and abounds in rich pasture.—Ord. Sur., sh. 99, 1858.

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