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Not to be confused with Sandnes.
Sandness - Norby Beach

Sandness is a headland and district in the west of Mainland, Shetland. The "d" is not pronounced locally.

The headland flanks the south side of Papa Sound near Papa Stour leading into St Magnus Bay and the district includes the headland and forms the mainland part of Walls parish. The land itself is fairly fertile for Shetland and runs from Bousta to Huxter, with Norby and Melby in the middle.

It has three churches, with only a few still in use. It has no convenience store. The nearest one is just south of the village in Walls.

The 249 metres (817 ft) summit of Sandness Hill lies south of the village.

The school in Sandness educated circa 10 pupils, with only a diner, classroom, gym, and head teacher office.


  • The original article is based on Wilson, Rev. John The Gazetteer of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1882) Published by W. & A.K. Johnstone

Coordinates: 60°17′58″N 1°39′10″W / 60.29944°N 1.65278°W / 60.29944; -1.65278