Linga (Vaila)

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Linga, viewed from the northwest

Linga is a small island of Shetland, lying near Vaila and Walls, the latter on Mainland, Shetland. This is one of several of Shetland's islands named 'Linga'.

In 2014 it was reported that the island was on sale for £250,000.[1]

Geography and geology

Linga is made up of sandstone, subjected to ancient glacial erosion.[2]

Linga lies to the north-east of Vaila, in Vaila Sound surrounded by Mainland, Shetland on three sides. The Holm of Breibister is to the west, the Baa of Linga to the south (baa is a Shetland word for a sunken rock).


Linga was inhabited up until the mid 20th century. it is recorded that there were two inhabitants in 1931,[2] after growing steadily during the 19th century. In 1841, it is recorded that nine people were living there,[2] which had grown to 13 in 1881.[3]

Outside lins


  1. Lonely Scottish island set for new inhabitants - The Scotsman, 13 November 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 1841954543. 
  3. Wilson, Rev. John The Gazetteer of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1882) Published by W. & A.K. Johnstone
Islands of Shetland

Inhabited islands:
Mainland  •
Bressay  • Burra (East & West)  • Fair Isle  • Fetlar  • Foula  • Muckle Roe  • Out Skerries  • Papa Stour  • Trondra  • Unst  • Vaila  • Whalsay  • Yell

Other islands:
Balta  •
Bigga  • Brother Isle  • Colsay  • Hascosay  • Hildasay  • Lamba  • Linga, Muckle Roe  • Linga, Yell  • Mousa  • Muckle Flugga  • Noss  • Oxna  • Papa  • Papa Little  • Samphrey  • South Havra  • Uyea, Northmavine  • Uyea, Unst  • Vementry  • West Linga