Calf of Flotta

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Calf of Flotta
Calf of Flotta viewed, from the south-west, from Flotta.
Calf of Flotta viewed, from the south-west, from Flotta.
Calf of Flotta is located in Orkney Islands
Calf of Flotta
Calf of Flotta
Calf of Flotta shown within Orkney
OS grid reference ND381967
Coordinates 58°51′11″N 3°04′23″W / 58.853°N 3.073°W / 58.853; -3.073
Physical geography
Island group Orkney
Area 16 hectares (40 acres)[1]
Highest elevation 16 metres (52 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Orkney Islands
Population 0
References [2][3]

The Calf of Flotta is a small island in Scapa Flow, Orkney. The Calf is next to Flotta, with "Calf" deriving from Old Norse/Norn and meaning a smaller island by a larger one.

Geography and geology[edit]

The Calf is made of red sandstone.[2]

It is approximately one-half-mile (0.8 km) long, and is thin in shape, orientated west-east.


  1. ^ "Rick Livingstone's Tables of the Islands of Scotland" (PDF). Argyll Yacht Charters. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  2. ^ a b Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 6 Orkney (Mainland) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2014. ISBN 9780319228128. 

Coordinates: 58°51′12″N 3°04′23″W / 58.85333°N 3.07306°W / 58.85333; -3.07306