|Old Norse name||bakkiey or vagr-øy|
|Meaning of name||peat bank or bay island|
|OS grid reference|
|Island group||Lewis and Harris|
|Area||41 hectares (0.16 sq mi)|
|Area rank||217= |
|Highest elevation||34 m (112 ft)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Council area||Outer Hebrides|
Vacsay (Scottish Gaelic: Bhacsaigh from Old Norse "bakkiey" meaning "peat bank island") is one of the Outer Hebrides. It is off the west coast of Lewis in West Loch Roag. It is 41 hectares (0.16 square miles) in size, and 34 metres (112 feet) at its highest point.
It was bought in 1993 by Sirdar Baron Iqbal Singh, a London business man, who currently lives in Lesmahagow. He has bought the title, "Lord of Butley Manor" and also wishes to rename Vacsay, "Robert Burns' island" or Eilean Burns, although Burns never visited the Outer Hebrides.
Geography and geology
Vacsay has an extremely complicated coastline, and is connected at low tide to several surrounding islets such as Trathasam, and Liacam.
- Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands over 20 ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
- 2001 UK Census per List of islands of Scotland
- Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.
- Ordnance Survey
- Craig McQueen (24 January 2008). "The Laird Of Lesmahagow". Daily Record. Retrieved 4 October 2008.