Twatt, Orkney

Coordinates: 59°05′53″N 3°16′26″W / 59.098°N 3.274°W / 59.098; -3.274
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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
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59°05′53″N 3°16′26″W / 59.098°N 3.274°W / 59.098; -3.274

Twatt is a settlement in the parish of Birsay on the Mainland of Orkney, 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'.[citation needed] The Norse word commonly produces in England the place name element Thwaite.[6][7]

The name Twatt is similar to the common English expletive "Twat," (a vulgar word for vulva and also an insulting term meaning a weak or contemptible individual). For this reason, Twatt remains a source of amusement to people from outside the parish. Its name featured at no. 4 of the most vulgar sounding names in Rude Britain, along with its Shetland namesake.

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A post office opened at Twatt on 1 November 1879. It closed on 10 April 2002.[8]

Agricultural contractors K & P Sinclair are based in Twatt.


  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. ^ Watts, Victor, ed. (2010). "Glossary". The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names. Cambridge University Press. p. xlviii. ISBN 978-0-521-16855-7.
  7. ^ Smith, A. H. (1962). The Place-names of the West Riding of Yorkshire. Vol. 7. Cambridge University Press. p. 284.
  8. ^ Forster, Ken: "Goodbyes & hellos", Stamp Magazine, September 2002, page 46.

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