Twatt, Shetland

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Not to be confused with Twatt, Orkney.
Twatt road sign.jpg
Road sign pointing to Twatt
Twatt is located in Shetland
 Twatt shown within Shetland
OS grid reference HU327532
Civil parish Sandsting
Council area Shetland
Lieutenancy area Shetland
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SHETLAND
Postcode district ZE2
Dialling code 01595
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Orkney and Shetland
Scottish Parliament Shetland
List of places

Coordinates: 60°15′47″N 1°24′29″W / 60.263°N 1.408°W / 60.263; -1.408

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 is within the parish of Sandsting.[1]

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.


  1. ^ "Details of Twatt". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 

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