|Meaning of name||House Island|
Housay shown within Shetland
|OS grid reference|
|Area||163 hectares (0.63 sq mi)|
|Area rank||119 |
|Highest elevation||53 metres (174 ft)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Council area||Shetland Islands|
|Population rank||55 |
|Pop. density||23 people/km2|
Geography and geology
The island of Housay consists of several thin headlands, with the biggest pointing to the south west, and over 1 mile (1.6 km) long. To the north, another headland extends, and then turns towards the south west, running parallel to the biggest one, and separated by West Voe.
The island is surrounded by a number of stacks including the Hevda Stacks in the north and the Stack a Mooth & Stack a Pillar in the south. There are also some sea caves in the south, and Da Steig, which connects the island to Mio Ness is a collapsed one.
The large number of Norse placenames suggest that it has been inhabited since at least then, if not earlier.
The island's population peaked in 1891 with nearly ninety people, now it is approximately half that. 45 people were recorded in 1991, although the population increased to 50 by 2001.
At the autumn 2010, the islands of Housay and Bruray (600.00 acres) were on sale for £250,000. "The main islands are held under crofting tenure. the Crofting community have been offered the opportunity to register their interest in acquiring the property but have formally declined from doing so."
The post office, one of Skerries two shops, the church and the public hall are located here.
The Skerries Bridge was built in 1957 to provide a fixed link from Bruray to the neighbouring and larger island of Housay.
- 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.
- 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.
- Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.
- Ordnance Survey. Get-a-map (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure. Ordinance Survey. Retrieved 21 August 2013.[dead link]
- Out Skerries, Shetland
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