The next time you are crossing the Sound of Barra by ferry (above) look up to the clouds and then out to the west. The 101-acre Fiaray, an island that has apparently never been inhabited, is to be found on the Atlantic edge.
It has a western shoreline (below) and a seaweed-covered headland called Gruagach (Gaelic for 'beautiful head of hair'). There are two lochans, a drying reef that completely surrounds it and, supposedly, a fairy woman occasionally seen from passing boats. The name of her home comes from the Gaelic feur, for grass or pasture; and the Old Norse for island.
Scottish islands Explorer - hopes to visit Fiaray in the future