Papa, Shetland

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Norse namePapey
Meaning of nameIsland of the papar
Papa, seen from the south
Papa, seen from the south
Papa is located in Shetland
Papa shown within Shetland
OS grid referenceHU364376
Coordinates60°07′N 1°20′W / 60.12°N 1.34°W / 60.12; -1.34
Physical geography
Island groupShetland
Area59 ha (146 acres)
Area rank183= [1]
Highest elevation32 m (105 ft)
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaShetland Islands

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 population was 20 in 1871, 14 in 1881 and 23 in 1891. The last residents left between 1891 and 1930. Most habitation was on the eastern end of the island, the peninsula East Head of Papa. 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