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Samphrey From The Air.jpg
Samphrey and the view down Yell Sound
Location: 60°28’12"N, 1°9’-0"W
Grid reference: HU467762
Area: 163 acres
Highest point: 144 feet
Population: 0

Samphrey is an uninhabited island of Shetland. The island's name is from the Old Norse: Sandfriðarey. (One of Fair Isle's old names is "Friðarey" which is of similar origin.)

Samphrey with one of the Yell Sound ferries passing

The island is in the southern end of Yell Sound, between Mainland, Shetland at Mossbank and the island of Yell. It covers an area of about 163 acres (including the once separate island of Bunglan}.[1][2] It is in the parish of Delting.


Bunglan is to the northwest of Samphrey. It was once an island in its own right, but has become silted up by two tombolos, which now connect it to Samphrey. There is a small loch between Bunglan and Samphrey proper (which can just about be seen on the aerial picture).

Blaeu calls the island "Sancterre" (Holy Land) in the 17th century, lending the island another intriguing etymology.


  1. Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 1841954543. 
  2. "Samphrey". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
The islands of Yell Sound, Shetland

Bigga  • Brother Isle  • Fish Holm  • Lamba  • Linga  • Little Holm  • Little Roe  • Lunna Holm  • Muckle Holm  • Orfasay  • Ramna Stacks  • Samphrey  • Uynarey


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