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Valasay, Lewis

Valasay, Lewis

From "Placenames of Lewis and Harris" by D Maciver F.E.I.S.

Valasaigh : saigh is island sound ; mol, gen. malar, aspirated, mhalar, beach

Valasay lies at the southern end of Tob Valasay. Although part of Tobson it has a separate identity. It is a tiny village with houses on both sides of a footbridge built in the first decade of the 20th century. To live on the west side of this bridge entails carrying all ones needs across - quite a hardship if home improvements are being undertaken.
The Tob - a narrow inlet of the sea is a special conservation area with some very rare marine creatures and seaweed, due to the high salinity.

Families in Valasay/Tobson lived in the following crofts:

Macaulay: 22

Macdonald: 23, 24

 

Title: Valasay, Lewis
Record Type: Locations
Gaelic Name: Bhalasaidh
Type: Village/Township
Grid Ref Easting: 114860
Grid Ref Northing: 936611
Record Maintained By: CEBL
Subject Id: 805