Fara, Orkney

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Not to be confused with the island of Faray near Eday.
A fish farm in Gutter Sound, at the western side of Fara
A fish farm in Gutter Sound, at the western side of Fara
Fara is located in Orkney Islands
Fara shown within Orkney
OS grid reference ND325955
Norse name Færey
Meaning of name Island of Sheep (cf Faroe)
Area and summit
Area 295 hectares (1.14 sq mi)
Area rank 89[1]
Highest elevation 43 m (141 ft)
Population 0[2]
Island group Orkney
Local Authority Orkney Islands Council
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References [3][4][5][6]
An abandoned House on Fara. Looking North: Rysa Little with Hoy behind to left; Graemsay with Mainland behind centre and right; Cava to right.

Fara (Old Norse: Færey[5]) is a small island in Orkney, Scotland, lying in Scapa Flow between the islands of Flotta and Hoy. It has been uninhabited since the 1960s.


  1. ^ Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands >20ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
  2. ^ National Records of Scotland (15 August 2013) (pdf) Statistical Bulletin: 2011 Census: First Results on Population and Household Estimates for Scotland - Release 1C (Part Two). "Appendix 2: Population and households on Scotland’s inhabited islands". Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  3. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey. Get-a-map (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure. http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/getamap/. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  5. ^ a b Anderson, Joseph (Ed.) (1893) Orkneyinga Saga. Translated by Jón A. Hjaltalin & Gilbert Goudie. Edinburgh. James Thin and Mercat Press (1990 reprint). ISBN 0-901824-25-9
  6. ^ Pedersen, Roy (January 1992) Orkneyjar ok Katanes (map, Inverness, Nevis Print)

Coordinates: 58°50′30″N 3°10′17″W / 58.84163°N 3.17125°W / 58.84163; -3.17125