Helliar Holm

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Helliar Holm


Saeva Ness Lighthouse.jpg
Saeva Ness lighthouse on the tip of Helliar Holm

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Cliffs and chambered cairn on Helliar Holm

Helliar Holm is an uninhabited island off the coast of Shapinsay in Orkney. On it stabds a 42-foot lighthouse, which was built in 1893 and automated in 1967.[1] It is a tidal island that used to be connected to Shapinsay. It is still possible to walk across from the mainland during very low tides.

The island is owned by George and James Balfour-Kinnear.

The island also has the ruins of a broch, cairn and chapel.[2]

In the Orkneyinga Saga the island is referred to as both "Hellisey" and "Eller Holm" [3] and John of Fordun refers to it as "Helene-holm"


  1. Lighthouse Explorer database
  2. Haswell-Smith, Hamish. (2004) The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh. Canongate.
  3. Anderson, Joseph (Ed.) (1893) Orkneyinga Saga. Translated by Jón A. Hjaltalin & Gilbert Goudie. Edinburgh. James Thin and Mercat Press (1990 reprint). ISBN 0-901824-25-9
Islands of Orkney

Inhabited islands:
Mainland  •
Auskerry  • Burray  • Eday  • Egilsay  • Flotta  • Gairsay  • Graemsay  • Hoy  • North Ronaldsay  • Papa Stronsay  • Papa Westray  • Rousay  • Sanday  • Shapinsay  • South Ronaldsay  • South Walls  • Stronsay  • Westray  • Wyre

Other islands:
Eynhallow  •
Helliar Holm  • Lamb Holm  • Switha  • Swona