Holm of Grimbister

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Holm of Grimbister
Meaning of name Small and rounded islet of Grim's farm
Holm of Grimbister is located in Orkney Islands
Holm of Grimbister
Holm of Grimbister
Holm of Grimbister shown within Orkney
OS grid reference HY378134
Coordinates 59°00′13″N 3°05′01″W / 59.0036°N 3.0836°W / 59.0036; -3.0836
Physical geography
Island group Orkney
Area 16 hectares (40 acres)[1]
Highest elevation 8 m (26 ft)[2]
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Orkney Islands Council
Population 3[3]
Population rank 80= [4]
Largest settlement Holm of Grimbister farm[2]

Holm of Grimbister is an inhabited tidal islet in the Orkney archipelago of Scotland. Located in the Bay of Firth near Finstown it is connected to Mainland Orkney by a causeway.


Bay of Firth is an inlet of the Wide Firth that lies to the North. Within the bay and to the north east of the Holm is the companion islet of Damsay. The causeway from Holm of Grimbister connects to the mainland at Holm Point, just north of the mainland settlement of Grimbister.[2] Haswell-Smith (2004) notes that the islet is farmed.[5]


Although it is clear that in 2007 the island was inhabited, as it was the residence of a candidate for the Scottish Parliamentary Elections in 2007,[6] it was not listed as such by the Census in 2001.[7] Press reports in March 2010 confirmed that at that time the population of the island was at least two.[8] The 2011 census recorded the population as three.[3] In 2016 the island was reported as being on sale for £300 000.[9]

Holm of Grimbister from the east with Finstown beyond


  1. ^ Rick Livingstone’s Tables of the Islands of Scotland (pdf) Argyll Yacht Charters. Retrieved 12 Dec 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Ordnance Survey. OS Maps Online (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure. 
  3. ^ a b 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Haswell-Smith (2004) p. 360
  6. ^ "Scottish Parliamentary Elections 2007: Shetland Islands Constituency" Shetland Islands Council. Retrieved 26 Feb 2012.
  7. ^ General Register Office for Scotland (28 Nov 2003) Occasional Paper No 10: Statistics for Inhabited Islands Archived 2011-11-22 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 26 Feb 2012.
  8. ^ Ross, Calum (3 Mar 2010) "Tory candidate pulls out of race for city seat at general election". Press and Journal. Aberdeen. Retrieved 26 Feb 2012.
  9. ^ "Yours for half the price of an average London home: Remote Scottish island with 40 acres, free electricity and a seal colony is up for sale for £300,000". Daily Mail. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 


Coordinates: 59°00′11″N 3°05′01″W / 59.003°N 3.0836°W / 59.003; -3.0836