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Scalpa or Scalpay, an island in the Harris district of the Hebrides. It lies at the entrance of East Loch Tarbert, ½ mile from the northern, and 3 miles from the southern, headland. It measures 2 7/8 miles in extreme length, and 1½ mile in extreme breadth; but is much indented, and cut into small peninsulas, by the sea. It is low and heath-clad, and consists of irregular protuberances of gneiss. A bed of serpentine, generally placed at a high angle, and often having a vertical position, traverses a promontory in the extreme E. Near the western extremity are two of the best natural harbours in the Hebrides. Pop. (1841) 31, (1861) 388, (1871) 421, (1881) 540.

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