Holm of Scockness

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Holm of Scockness
A sandy bay at the south-east corner of Holm of Scockness
A sandy bay at the south-east corner of Holm of Scockness
Holm of Scockness is located in Orkney Islands
Holm of Scockness
Holm of Scockness
Holm of Scockness shown within Orkney
OS grid reference HY456313
Coordinates 59°10′N 2°57′W / 59.17°N 2.95°W / 59.17; -2.95
Physical geography
Island group Orkney
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Orkney Islands
Population 0

The Holm of Scockness is a small island in the Orkney Islands, between Rousay and Egilsay.

It is currently used for grazing.

Its name is Norse in origin and means "little island of the crooked headland".[1]

Geography and geology[edit]

The bedrock is middle red sandstone like the neighbouring islands.[1]

It is similar to a map of India in shape, "pointing" southwards.

It is in the north of Rousay Sound, and separated from Rousay itself by the Sound of Longstaing, and from Egilsay by Howie Sound. It is south west of Kili Holm and due north of Wyre's far east coast.


  1. ^ a b Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 

Coordinates: 59°10′N 2°57′W / 59.167°N 2.950°W / 59.167; -2.950