Eye Peninsula

(Point, An Rubha)

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Aird or Eye, a peninsula of Stornoway parish, on the E side of Lewis island, with whose mainland it is connected by an isthmus, ¼ mile wide. It extends 7 miles north-eastward, from Chicken Head to Tuimpan Head, has a breadth of from 2 to 3¼ miles, and flanks all the E side of Broad Bay, or Loch-a-Tuath. It contains itself six little lochs, and its highest point is 266 feet above the sea. It anciently formed a chapelry called Ui or Uy: and it is now included in the parliamentary quoad sacra parish of Knock. Its old chapel is in ruins.

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