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Hunda Causeway.jpg
The causeway to Hunda, seen from the Burray side
Location: 58°51’18"N, 2°58’29"W
Grid reference: ND43869680
Area: 250 acres
Highest point: 138 ft
Population: 0

Hunda is an uninhabited island of Orkney, of 250 acres in extent and rising to 138 ft above sea level. It lies in Scapa Flow and is connected to the nearby island of Burray by a causeway built in 1941 to stop passage of small surface craft as part of the boom defences barring the western entrances to Scapa Flow. Burray in turn is joined to Mainland by way of the Churchill Barriers.[1]

The name is derived from the Old Norse for 'dog island'; Hunðey.

The island is rich in bird life,[2] and contains a disused quarry. A small inlet in the northern cliffs is known as 'Sunless Geo'.

Hunda is currently used to for grazing; both sheep and goats graze here.[3]

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Hunda)


  1. Wenham, Sheena, The South Isles in Omand, Donald (ed.) (2003) The Orkney Book. Edinburgh. Birlinn. Page 211.
  2. Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 1841954543. 
  3. South Ronaldsay & Burray
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