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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.

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