East Linga

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East Linga
Gaelic name Unknown
Norse name Possibly Lingey
Meaning of name "east heather island"
East Linga viewed from the south
East Linga viewed from the south
East Linga is located in Shetland
East Linga
East Linga
East Linga shown within Scotland
OS grid reference HU615623
Coordinates 60°20′N 0°53′W / 60.34°N 0.88°W / 60.34; -0.88
Physical geography
Island group Shetland
Area 30 hectares (0.12 sq mi)
Highest elevation 27 metres (89 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Shetland
Population nil
References [1]

East Linga is one of the Shetland Islands. It lies between Whalsay (to the west), and Grif Skerry to the east.

Geography and geology[edit]

The bed rock is gneiss with granite veins.

There are many skerries and rocks in the channel south of Whalsay and East Linga, some of which have disputed names, i.e. one local version, and a different one on Admiralty Charts and/or Ordnance Survey maps. For example, "Muckla Billan" is listed on the latter, but is known locally as "Peerie Fladdacap".[1][2]

In December 2008 the corpses of eighteen grey seals were discovered on the island, some of them apparently clubbed to death. Police have charged a forty-seven-year-old man in connection with the discovery. According to Scottish Natural Heritage, about thirty grey seals are born on East Linga each year.[3]

The smaller Calf of Linga lies to the north and is connected to East Linga at low tide.[1] West Linga lies on the other side of Whalsay.


  1. ^ a b c "Get-a-map" Ordnance Survey
  2. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. p. 455. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  3. ^ "Man charged with seal slaughter " Shetland Marine News. Retrieved 14 December 2008.

External links[edit]

Media related to East Linga at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 60°20′29″N 0°53′15″W / 60.34139°N 0.88750°W / 60.34139; -0.88750