South Havra

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South Havra

Scalloway Islands

Location: 60°1’48"N, 1°21’0"W
Grid reference: HU360268
Area: 146 acres
Highest point: 138 feet
Population: 0

South Havra is an uninhabited island in the Scalloway Islands of Shetland. It lies south of Burra and west of the southern peninsula of Mainland.

The name is from Norse and means "Ewe Island".

The island's rock is "epidiotic syenite with undifferentiated schist and gneiss."[1]

The soil is fairly fertile, but the lack of running water meant that, unusually for Shetland, the islanders resorted to building a windmill to grind corn.

Geological features on the island include caves and natural arches

Little Havra is to its west.


Olaf Sinclair, a foud ("magistrate") of all Shetland lived here in the 16th century.

The island's ruined windmill is an unusual sight in the Shetland Islands, especially as some have pointed out, that the Dutch were amongst the archipelago's most frequent visitors.[2]

South Havra has been uninhabited since May, 1923. Previously the population was big enough to support a school.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 1841954543. 
  2. "Windmills of Scotland". Windmill World. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
The Scalloway Islands

East BurraHildasayOxnaPapaSouth HavraTrondraWest BurraWest Head of Papa

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