Twatt, Orkney

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Twatt Orkney Road Sign.JPG
Road sign pointing to Twatt
Twatt is located in Orkney Islands
Location within Orkney
OS grid referenceHY270242
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townORKNEY
Postcode districtKW17
Dialling code01856
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
59°05′53″N 3°16′26″W / 59.098°N 3.274°W / 59.098; -3.274Coordinates: 59°05′53″N 3°16′26″W / 59.098°N 3.274°W / 59.098; -3.274

Twatt is a small settlement in the parish of Birsay on the Mainland of the Orkney Islands, Scotland. It was previously the location of RNAS Twatt (HMS Tern),1940–1949.[1][2][3] Twatt is situated at the junction of the A986 and the A967.[4][5]


Remains at Twatt airfield
Twatt Church

The settlement name originates from the Old Norse þveit, meaning 'small parcel of land'. The Norse word commonly produces in England the place name element Thwaite.

The name Twatt is similar to the common English expletive "twat", (an insulting word used to express contempt or derision for another individual, although it can also colloquially refer to a vagina). Its name featured at number four in a list of the most vulgar-sounding names in Rude Britain, along with its Shetland counterpart. There is also an Upper Twatt Road on the island in Stenness.[6]

Local services[edit]

A post office opened at Twatt on 1 November 1879. It closed on 10 April 2002.[7]


  1. ^ "RNAS Twatt airfield, HMS Tern". Control Retrieved 13 October 2007.
  2. ^ "Twatt". Abandoned, Forgotten and Little Known Airfields in Europe. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Twatt Airfield". Canmore. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  4. ^ "A986". Sabre. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  5. ^ "A967". Sabre. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Orkney Islands Council - Development and Environment Services - List of public roads as of 1 December 2010" (PDF). Orkney Islands Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 October 2014. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  7. ^ Forster, Ken: "Goodbyes & hellos", Stamp Magazine, September 2002, page 46.

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