Papa Little

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Papa Little
Norse name Papey Litla
Meaning of name Little island of the papar (priests)
Papa Little is located in Shetland
Papa Little
Papa Little
Papa Little shown within Shetland
OS grid reference HU337610
Physical geography
Island group Shetland
Area 226 ha
Area rank 102 [1]
Highest elevation North Ward 82 m
Political geography
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Shetland Islands
Population 0[2]
References [3][4]

Papa Little (Old Norse: Papey Litla, meaning "the little island of the priests") is an island in St Magnus Bay, Shetland, Scotland.

The island lies at the head of Aith Voe in north west Mainland, Shetland, south of Muckle Roe. It is largely peat-covered and has been uninhabited since the 1840s.[5]

Its name means "little island of the papar" (as distinct from Papa Stour), who were Gaelic hermits or Culdees found as far north as Iceland.


  1. Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands >20ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
  2. National Records of Scotland (15 August 2013) (pdf) Statistical Bulletin: 2011 Census: First Results on Population and Household Estimates for Scotland - Release 1C (Part Two). "Appendix 2: Population and households on Scotland’s inhabited islands". Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  3. Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004) The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh. Canongate.
  4. Ordnance Survey. Get-a-map (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure. Ordinance Survey. Retrieved 21 August 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  5. "Overview of Papa Little". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2007-11-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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