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The Monach Islands, also known as Heisker (Scottish Gaelic: Eilean Heisgeir), are an island group west of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.


The islands have been uninhabited since 1948, but were inhabited by up to 100 people for centuries leading up to 1810. They were originally abandoned due to overgrazing, but were resettled in the wake of the Highland Clearances.


The main islands of Ceann Ear (once home to a nunnery), Ceann Iar and Hearnish are all linked at low tide. It is said that it was at one time possible to walk all the way to Baleshare, and on to North Uist at low tide.


The islands are known for their grey seal population, and also have a large number of nesting seabirds and a rich flora. The islands are home to a small, unstaffed light, built to replace a lighthouse which was abandoned in 1943.


Smaller islands in the group include Deasker, Shillay and Stockay.


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Monach Islands - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (207 words)
The Monach Islands, also known as Heisker (Scottish Gaelic: Eilean Heisgeir), are an island group west of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
The islands are a National Nature Reserve and are known for their grey seal population, and also have a large number of nesting seabirds and a rich flora.
The islands are home to a small, unstaffed light, built to replace a lighthouse which was abandoned in 1943.
Baleshare - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (136 words)
Baleshare (57°32′N 7°22′W) is a tidal island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
It is said that there was land to the west of Baleshare, washed away by a tsunami in the sixteenth century, over which it was possible to walk to the Monach Islands at low tide.
The island is known for its long sandy beach and has a population of 49 (2001 census), living in two settlements: Samhla and Teananachar.
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