Fara, Orkney

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Norse name Færey
Meaning of name Island of Sheep (cf Faroe)
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
Coordinates 58°51′00″N 3°10′30″W / 58.85°N 3.175°W / 58.85; -3.175
Physical geography
Island group Orkney
Area 295 hectares (1.14 sq mi)
Area rank 89 [1]
Highest elevation 43 m (141 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Orkney Islands Council
Population 0[2]
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 over 20 ha 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: Landranger map sheet 7 Orkney (Southern Isles) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2008. ISBN 9780319228135. 
  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