|Meaning of name||battle island, or island of Hilda|
Hildasay shown within Scotland
|OS grid reference|
|Area||108 hectares (0.42 sq mi)|
|Area rank||146 |
|Highest elevation||32 metres (105 ft)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Council area||Shetland Islands|
Geography and geology
The south coast has two narrow inlets, Cusa Voe and Tangi Voe. "West", the larger of two lochs, has a single islet. A satellite island, Linga lies to the south east. A long line of skerries and holms lies to the north west.
The island possibly takes its name from a Norse war goddess.
Hildasay has been uninhabited since the late nineteenth century, but as late as 1891 had a population of 30. The island's former industries included curing herring and quarrying granite. The remains of a railway line leading from the quarry to the harbour can still be seen.
- 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.
- 2001 UK Census per List of islands of Scotland
- Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.
- Ordnance Survey
- 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
- "Overview of Hildasay". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2007-12-15.
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