Papa, Shetland

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Not to be confused with Papa Little, four times larger and 22 km north.
Norse name Papey
Meaning of name Island of the papar
Papa, seen from the south
Papa, seen from the south
Papa is located in Shetland
Papa shown within Shetland
OS grid reference HU364376
Coordinates 60°07′N 1°20′W / 60.12°N 1.34°W / 60.12; -1.34
Physical geography
Island group Shetland
Area 59 ha (146 acres)
Area rank 183= [1]
Highest elevation 32 m (105 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Shetland Islands
Population 0
References [2][3][4][5]

Papa (Old Norse: Papey, meaning "the island of the priests") is an uninhabited island in the Scalloway Islands, Shetland, Scotland.

Papa lies north west of Burra and east of Oxna in the Shetland Islands. The last residents left sometime between 1891 and 1930. Most habitation was on the eastern end of the island. A beached loch and a low area divide the island nearly into three separate parts.


  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. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  4. ^ Get-a-map (Map). Ordnance Survey. 
  5. ^ Anderson, Joseph (Ed.) (1893) Orkneyinga Saga. Translated by Jón A. Hjaltalin & Gilbert Goudie. Edinburgh. James Thin and Mercat Press (1990 reprint). ISBN 0-901824-25-9

Coordinates: 60°07′21″N 1°20′39″W / 60.12250°N 1.34417°W / 60.12250; -1.34417