Linga, Vaila Sound

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Linga, viewed from the northwest

Linga is one of the Shetland Islands, near Vaila and Walls on Mainland, Shetland. Its highest elevation is 28 metres (91 ft). In 2014 and 2018 it was reported that the island was for sale for £250,000.[1][2]

Geography and geology[edit]

Linga is made up of sandstone, subjected to ancient glacial erosion.[3]

Linga is to the north east of the island of Vaila, in Vaila Sound surrounded by Mainland, Shetland on three sides. The Holm of Breibister is to the west, the Baa of Linga to the south (baa is a Shetland word for a sunken rock) and the village of Walls is in the North, on the mainland.[2] The surface area is about 65 acres (20 hectares) and there are two derelict cottages on Linga.[2] The local council granted planning permission in 2011 to an oil industry engineer develop the island[4] and a Norwegian nudist group expressed interest in buying the island in 2016[5] but by 2018 these plans had not come to fruition.[2]


In 2018 it was reported that nobody had lived on Linga since 1934.[2] There were two inhabitants in 1931,[3] 13 in 1881 and nine in 1841.[3][6]

The 840 ton ship the SS Jane was shipwrecked off Linga in 1923. Her wreck is still there.[7]

A dead killer whale was found on a beach on Linga in 2017.[8]


  1. ^ "Lonely Scottish island set for new inhabitants". The Scotsman. 13 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e Pritchard, Emma-Louise (2018-01-26). "An entire West Shetland island is up for sale for the same price as a two-bed flat in London". Country Living Magazine UK. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  3. ^ a b c Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.
  4. ^ Thomason, Louise (2011-04-20). "Councillors give go-ahead to £500,000 eco-tourism project in Linga". The Shetland Times. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  5. ^ "Norse nudists plan west side island idyll". Shetland News. 2016-04-01. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  6. ^ Wilson, Rev. John The Gazetteer of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1882) Published by W. & A.K. Johnstone
  7. ^ "Diving further afield in Shetland with Orkney and Shetland Charters". Orkney and Shetland Charters. 2018. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  8. ^ "Post mortem carried out after orca strands in Shetland". WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation. 2017-01-20. Retrieved 2018-01-30.

Coordinates: 60°12′55″N 1°34′11″W / 60.21528°N 1.56972°W / 60.21528; -1.56972