Twatt, Shetland

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Not to be confused with Twatt, Orkney. ‹See Tfd›
Twatt, Shetland
Road sign pointing to Twatt
Road sign pointing to Twatt
Twatt, Shetland is located in Scotland
Twatt, Shetland
Twatt, Shetland
Coordinates: 60°15′47.16″N 1°24′27.85″W / 60.2631000°N 1.4077361°W / 60.2631000; -1.4077361Coordinates: 60°15′47.16″N 1°24′27.85″W / 60.2631000°N 1.4077361°W / 60.2631000; -1.4077361
Kingdom United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Island Group Shetland Islands
Island Mainland
Elevation 124 ft (38 m)

Twatt is a settlement in the Shetland Islands of Scotland. It is located on the Shetland Mainland on a minor road that leads from the A971 road to Clousta, north of Bixter.

The settlement name originates from the Old Norse þveit, meaning 'small parcel of land'.

The name Twatt is similar to the common English expletive "Twat," (a vulgar word for vulva and, by extension, an insulting term meaning a weak or contemptuous individual). For this reason, Twatt remains a source of amusement to people from outside the parish. Its name featured at no. 4 of the most vulgar sounding names in Rude Britain, along with its Orkney namesake.