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 two still in use, with the other being privately owned and used as a shed. It has no village shop. The nearest one is just south of the village in Walls.
The village has approximately 160 residents and 75 inhabited houses.
The 249 metres (817 ft) summit of Sandness Hill lies south of the village.
The village has a number of small businesses, including a bed and breakfast, a leather worker, a woolen mill, a baker, as well as Britain's most northerly vegbox scheme.
- The original article is based on Wilson, Rev. John The Gazetteer of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1882) Published by W. & A.K. Johnstone
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