Linga, Muckle Roe

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For other uses, see Linga (disambiguation).
Norse name lyngey
Meaning of name "heather island"
Linga is located in Shetland
Linga shown within Shetland
OS grid reference HU354639
Coordinates 60°22′N 1°21′W / 60.36°N 1.35°W / 60.36; -1.35
Physical geography
Island group Shetland
Area 70 hectares (0.27 sq mi)
Area rank 171= [1]
Highest elevation 69 metres (226 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Shetland Islands
Population 0
Largest settlement Roesound
References [2][3][4]

Linga is a small, uninhabited island, 1 km east of Muckle Roe in the Shetland Islands. The island is roughly circular in shape and its highest elevation is 69 metres (226 ft). Its area is 70 hectares (0.27 sq mi).

Geography and geology[edit]

Linga is almost completely round, with a central peak. It lies between the mouths of Olna Firth and Gon Firth on the west coast of the Shetland Mainland.[5] To the north is Delting on the Mainland, and the Mainland is also to the south and east. Papa Little is to the south west, and Mavis Grind to the north.

There is a submerged rock, known as Groin Baa to the north.

The island is composed of gneiss and schist, with some quartzite and pelite while its landscape is one of rough grass and heather.[3]


  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. ^ 2001 UK Census per List of islands of Scotland
  3. ^ a b Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  4. ^ Get-a-map (Map). Ordnance Survey. 
  5. ^ "Overview of Linga". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 

Coordinates: 60°21′31″N 1°21′27″W / 60.35861°N 1.35750°W / 60.35861; -1.35750