Papa Little

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Papa Little
Norse namePapey Litla
Meaning of nameLittle island of the papar (priests)
Papa Little is located in Shetland
Papa Little
Papa Little
Papa Little shown within Shetland
OS grid referenceHU337610
Coordinates60°20′N 1°23′W / 60.33°N 01.39°W / 60.33; -01.39
Physical geography
Island groupShetland
Area226 ha
Area rank102 [1]
Highest elevationNorth Ward 82 m
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaShetland Islands

Papa Little (Old Norse: Papey Litla, meaning "the little island of the priests") is an island in St Magnus Bay, Shetland, Scotland.

The island lies at the head of Aith Voe in north west Mainland, Shetland, south of Muckle Roe. It is largely peat-covered and has been uninhabited since the 1840s.[5]

Its name means "little island of the papar" (as distinct from Papa Stour), who were Gaelic hermits or Culdees found as far north as Iceland.


  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. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004) The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh. Canongate.
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey. OS Maps Online (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure.
  5. ^ "Overview of Papa Little". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2007-11-11.

Coordinates: 60°19′54″N 1°23′30″W / 60.33167°N 1.39153°W / 60.33167; -1.39153