Shiant Islands (Na h-Eileanan Mora or Na h-Eileanan Seunta) are a privately owned island group located in the Minch, east of Harris in Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The islands lie 8 km (5 ml) south east of Lewis.
- The name "Shiant" is from Scottish Gaelic: Na h-Eileanan Seunta, which means the "holy", "charmed", or "enchanted isles". The group is popular as Na h-Eileanan Mora, "the big isles". The main islands are Eilean an Taighe (house island) and Garbh Eilean (rough island), that are joined via a narrow isthmus, and Island of the Virgin Mary (Eilean Mhuire) to the east.
- Shiant Islands lie east of Sound of Shiant. Eilean an Taighe and Garbh Eilean together extend to 143 ha (350 acres), while the more fertile Eilean Mhuire to 75 ha (190 acres). In addition to the main islands the line of Galtachan rocks which lie to the west include Bodach, Galta Beag, Galta Mor, Sgeir Mhic a' Ghobha, Damhag and Stacan Laidir.
- In geological terms, the islands represent an extension of Trotternish peninsula of Skye. Their rocks are volcanic. Dolerite columns located on Garbh Eilean's north side are more than 120 m (390 ft) tall and about 2 m (6,6 ft) in diameter. Similar to the ones at Staffa and Giant's Causeway as well as much higher in places, they have been formed by the slow cooling of rocks deep underground.
- The islands can be visited by various cruises from mainland Scotland and from other Hebridean Islands.
Highlights: Puffin colony
Shiant Islands cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Shiant Islands dock (anchor) at Stornoway - port town on the eastern coast of Isle of Lewis and Harris.
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