|Meaning of name||(west) heather island|
West Linga shown within Shetland
|OS grid reference|
|Area||125 hectares (0.48 sq mi)|
|Area rank||133= |
|Highest elevation||52 metres (171 ft)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Council area||Shetland Islands|
Geography and geology
West Linga is a long narrow island covered in rough heath. It is separated from Whalsay by Linga Sound, and Lunning on Mainland, Shetland to the west. Little Linga, Swarta Skerry, Lona Skerry and Ketill Holm lie to the west. The Calf of Linga to the south is a drying islet. Wether Holm is separated by a 3 metres (10 ft) deep channel at the north end.
Hugh MacDiarmid who lived on nearby Whalsay, said in The Uncanny Scot that he had spent three days on the island, living in a cave, with lots of matches and two books. In fact it transpired that he'd been there only for a few hours. One of MacDiarmid's best known poems was On a Raised Beach.
- 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.
- 2001 UK Census per List of islands of Scotland
- Ordnance Survey
- Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.
- "Overview of West Linga". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2007-12-14.
- Schei, Liv - The Shetland Story
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