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Norse nameSandfriðarey
Meaning of nameOld Norse for Sand
Samphrey is located in Shetland
Samphrey shown within Scotland
OS grid referenceHU467762
Coordinates60°28′N 1°09′W / 60.47°N 1.15°W / 60.47; -1.15
Physical geography
Island groupShetland
Area66 ha (0.25 sq mi)
Area rank178= [1]
Highest elevation44 m (144 ft)
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaShetland Islands
Samphrey and the view down Yell Sound
Samphrey with one of the Yell Sound ferries passing

Samphrey (Old Norse: Sandfriðarey) is an uninhabited island in the Shetland Islands, Scotland. One of Fair Isle's old names is "Friðarey"[5] which is of similar origin.

It is situated in the southern end of Yell Sound, between the Mainland, Shetland at Mossbank and the island of Yell. On the O-S 1:50,000 map[4] it covers an area of about 66 ha (including the once separate island of Bunglan).[3][6] It is in the parish of Delting.

To the north west of Samphrey is Bunglan, which was once an island in its own right, but has become silted up by two tombolos, which now connect it to Samphrey. There is a small loch between Bunglan and Samphrey proper, which can just about be seen on the aerial picture.

Blaeu's Atlas Maior calls the island "Sancterre" (Holy Land) in the 17th century, lending the island another intriguing etymology.


  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. ^ a b Ordnance Survey
  5. ^ a b 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
  6. ^ "Samphrey". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 18 December 2009.

Coordinates: 60°28′N 1°9′W / 60.467°N 1.150°W / 60.467; -1.150